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8 September 24th, 2015 EMPIRE Season 2 Opener Brings In 16 Million Viewers, It’s Second Best Rating To Date!

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The hit soap, Empire returned with a vengeance on Wednesday night. The Fox series was firing on all cylinders in its messages, it’s storylines and it’s performances (we loved former ATWT star Marisa Tomei guest star turn), and Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) musical performances!

And the numbers were very strong for it’s second season opener.   Empire scored 16 million total viewers and a 6.5 rating share, which is only slightly under their record-setting season one finale second hour!  That episode gave Empire 17.6 million and a 6.9 share.

But even more notable is: Against it’s own series debut Empire was up 62 and 71 percent. That represents the largest Season 1/Season 2 leap in 10 years, since the record setting performance of House!

So, what did you think of last night’s second season premiere? What was your favorite part during the episode? Are you surprised that Empire is continuing to perform so strong?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    The magic continues, which is what I was worried about! But the show is as incredible as it was last season! Thank God FOX is not screwing this one up!

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    su0000 replied

    Empire is totally out of the box great !
    It has everything a great soap is made of; fashion, love, hate, romance, suffering, backstory, intrigue, betrayal, family, tragedy, triumph, revenge, brother against brother, POWER .. and the list goes on ..

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    Andrew replied

    Yes I agree with you Scott, I was worried too, but the magic is still there. I love Empire so much, I love Cookie, she is hilarious and a wonderful actress too. The ratings are hitting the roof.

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  2. sonniorsolita says:

    I was a huge fan last season but thought the opener was horrible. Marisa Tomei was playing a cartoon. Why is Anika even still involved with this family? Jamal’s complete personality transplant was unbelievable. Hakeem already has become tiresome. Not enough music. Chris Rock was horribly miscast. I did like the actress playing Cookie’s sister. She, at least, seemed real. Sorry to be a downer. I had waited all summer for the return, and this really let me down. Thank God for “Nashville” afterward, which was in good form.

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    Jessica replied

    1. The entire show is a cartoon. It’s a melodrama. It’s a soap opera. All of them are playing archetypes. I thought Marisa Tomei was divine and fit right in.
    2. Hakeem has always been tiresome.
    3. Chris Rock was indeed horribly miscast.
    4. Anika is involved with the company, not the family, except for Hakeem who she is sleeping with, presumeably to piss off Lucious.
    5.

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  3. penny says:

    DAYUMMMM!

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  4. Anacarrie says:

    COOKIE AND LUCIOUS ALWAYS DELIVERS. I ALWAYS ENJOY THEM; THEY ARE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW. CAN’T WAIT TO NEXT WEEK.

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  5. Jessica says:

    I thought it was mediocre but as usual Cookie had some of the best lines on television. My personal favorite: “You can’t even dyke right!”.

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