Fox Renews ‘Empire’ After Only Two Episodes

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in the premiere episode of Empire on Jan. 7, 2015.  Chuck Hodes/FOX
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard in the premiere episode of Empire on Jan. 7, 2015.
Chuck Hodes/FOX

Fox jumped on the TCA renewal train Saturday (Jan. 17).

The network used its executive session to hand out early 2015-16 pickups to freshman dramas Empire and Gotham as well as a third run for comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Empire has become Fox’s breakout hit after only two episodes. The 20th Century Fox Television drama from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two. In live-plus-same-day returns, it tied ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder as the No. 1 new broadcast series premiere among adults 18-49. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the hip-hop Dynasty has more VOD viewing than any other Fox show this season, earning more than 1.1 million total viewers.

Warner Bros. Television’s Batman prequel Gotham, meanwhile, is averaging a 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers. It ranks as the season’s No. 1 broadcast drama overall among men 18-49 and men 18-34. Its series premiere — 6.0 in the advertiser-coveted demo — outperformed The Blacklist and Scorpion and delivered Fox’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years. The live-plus-seven rating for the Ben McKenzie DC Comics adaptation from Bruno Heller reflects the largest post-three-day ratings gain (+0.9) of any broadcast drama ever.

Comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg and from Parks and Recreation producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur, hails from Universal Television and is averaging a 2.7 among adults 18-49 — up 17 percent year-over-year and posting the largest demo uptick among second-year shows. Its renewal guarantees that Schur and Goor will have one series on the broadcast networks next season after NBC’s Parks and Recreation signs off this spring.

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SOURCE: Billboard /The Hollywood Reporter – 

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