“Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Vivica A. Fox aren’t letting “Power” boss 50 Cent throw shade on their show. The duo have responded to a viral jab Fif swung at the Fox series over its season three premiere ratings.

Both Henson and Vivica went to Instagram to stand behind their primetime hip-hop drama.

#TarajiPHenson isn't here for the haters 😩 #50cent

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#50cent fan vs #VivicaFox 😩 #ClapBackSeason

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Taraji and “Empire” co-star Jussie Smollett also showed love to “Power” actress Naturi Naughton amid the TV rivalry.

#TarajiPHenson and #JussieSmollett still show their love and support for #NaturiNaughton (view previous posts)

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Yesterday (September 23), Fif acknowledged “Empire” experiencing a lower premiere rating than its previous season’s opener.


The series suffered a big drop in its 18-49 demographic in comparison to last year’s season two premiere.

These “Empire” Season 3 premiere numbers are big — the problem is, they’re not “Empire”-big. The Lee Daniels hip-hop soap opera tumbled 39 percent last night in the key 18-49 demographic versus its sophomore season start. It still handed Fox an easy Wednesday win, however, and was essentially steady with its Season 2 finale. “Empire” followed a decent debut from the new cop show “Lethal Weapon.” Last year, lead-in “Rosewood” fared better in the main demo, but worse among overall viewers. (The Wrap)

Despite the dip, “Empire” still managed to bring in over 10 million viewers.

“Empire” was the night’s top show, drawing a 4.1 in the demo and 10.8 million total viewers, but was down significantly from last fall’s season-two debut (6.7, 16.2 million). The series premiere of “Lethal Weapon” at 8 p.m. drew a 2.2 and 7.8 million viewers, down 8% in the demo, but up 4% in total viewers from the series premiere of “Rosewood” last fall in the same time period. (Variety)