Empire is red hot! The sudsy new series on FOX featuring powerful performances and rich characters starring Terrence Howard (Lucious), Taraji B. Henson (Cookie) and Jussie Smollett (Jamal) once again was a ratings winner after last night’s episode!
According to TV Media Insights: Week three of Fox’s now bonafide new hit drama Empire topped the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.6 rating/12 share in the household overnights. Comparably, this was four percent above its week two telecast (7.3/11 on Jan. 14), and that translated into 10.32 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 (based on the live plus same day data). The overnight retention for Empire out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in American Idol (8.6/13) was solid at 88 percent. Three-week overnight track for Empire: 6.8/10 – 7.3/11 – 7.6/12.
In story, Lucious unrelenting homophobia continued to further drive his son Jamal to strike back! After Jamal impressed dad with a performance at a family gathering, and Lucious said it would be the perfect record for John Legend to record, it raised the ire of Jamal. Later, Lucious seemingly wanting to repent for his actions and goes to talk to Jamal, only things further dissolve. Jamal reminds his father of the beatings he suffered through as a child at his hands! “My obedience is no longer for sale,” in a defiant tone Jamal says to Lucious. Then, Lucious bring up the fact that Jamal is not paying for the apartment he is living in!
However, Jamal declares his independence with his boyfriend Michael in tow, and they vacate the apartment, and leave the key. When alone, Michael asks if Jamal is sure he wants to give everything up that he has. Next, Jamal in a one of the soapiest and best cliffhangers thus far in the freshmen season of the series utters: “I’m going after his empire! I’m gonna take it.”
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