Since its premiere in January, Empire has provided viewers with tantalizing drama, great characters, and original music. And as a result, a monumental 16.7 million viewers tuned into the 2 hour cameo-filled season finale!
With those record breaking numbers, the hip-hop soap opera is now the second most watched show on TV, just behind AMC‘s The Walking Dead.
The Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created drama had the best first season viewership for any broadcast network since Shonda Rhimes‘s Grey’s Anatomy ended it’s freshman season in May 2005!
That’s right — TEN FREAKING YEARS AGO!!
The finale of Empire gave Fox their best ratings of original programming since the American Idol season premiere in back in January 2012!
With numbers like this, maybe we can expect a full season when Empire returns? At the very least, we’re sure we won’t have to wait too long for Fox to bring back the hottest new show for its next season — we know it’s coming, we just hope they make it a priority and get it here sooner!