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It looks like everyone tuned in and gave “Empire” a shot on Wednesday night, because according to reports, including those from The Hollywood Reporter and Shadow And Act, it was the top rated show of the evening. Not only that, but it wound up being FOX’s biggest debut for a new show in three years. Considering a lot of the shows on that channel are here one day and then gone the next, that’s a pretty big deal…

According to The Hollywood Reporter, and Nielsen ratings, in the key 18-49 demographic, “Empire” pulled in a 3.8 rating, and overall, averaged 9.9 million viewers for the night. Next to ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” is reportedly the top launch of the 2014-2015 television season, and brought in numbers for the night that in the 18-49 category, beat out the likes of “Modern Family,” “Blackish” (a show it went head-to-head against that we love) and the season premiere of “Empire’s” own lead-in show, “American Idol.”

The show’s star, Taraji P. Henson (who plays the addictive character Cookie), celebrated the good news on social media last night:


This is awesome news for everyone involved with the show! Did you tune in to the premiere on Wednesday night? Thoughts?

And on a side note, Terrence Howard recently shared his thoughts on 50 Cent’s issues with “Empire.” In Howard’s mind, they are telling a similar story, but no matter what, he thinks it’s good that both “Empire” and “Power” are being given the chance to push the envelope on television in general. He also joked about his time working with 50 on the film, Get Rich or Die TryingAs he told TheWrap:

“Fifty is my monster man. We served jail time together in his film, you know, we’ve been naked together.

I love the fact that we’re both pushing the envelope with our shows and what it says about cinema and television, how the change has occurred to where black men can be on opposing levels, because we’re both telling a similar story. So it’s kinda great. I’m proud of him—very proud of him.”

And Henson was able to speak on her classic comeback for 50, and her real thoughts on his comments about the show. She cracked some jokes yet again:

“50 Cent is a comedian. He loves to push buttons. He’s a funny guy. I never took offense to it.

If anything, I thought he was trying to get [a] jab at him. You know, he’s jealous of Terrence, his looks, Terrence is light-skinned, he’s dark-skinned, you know, come on people. [laughs] No, he’s a sweetheart.”


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