This should come as a surprise to no one. Due to big ratings and a Golden Globe win has led to an early renewal for Fox's flagship drama and pop-culture phenomenon Empire.
Fox TV Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced the third season pickup at the network’s TCA presentation. The size of the order is expected to be less than 22, but has yet to be confirmed.Empireproduced 12 episodes in it's record breaking first season, in which ratings grew in every episode and 18 in Season two, which has seen some decline in ratings.
However, Empire remains as the No. 1 series on broadcast television among Adults 18-49, averaging a 7.3 Live+7 rating, and 21.2 million viewers across multiple platforms. The series also is the most tweeted-about scripted program on broadcast television.
At the most recent Golden Globe ceremony, Empire was the only broadcast network drama nominated in the best series category and star Taraji P. Henson won an award for best performance by an actress in a drama series. Empire also has received a Grammy Award nomination for its soundtrack.
Empire, which returns for the spring portion of its second season on March 30, stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill. Guest stars have included Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Vivica A. Fox, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.