FOX is yet to renew Empire for season 4

The release date for Empire season 4 — Pending

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Empire season 4 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. FOX is yet to make a decision on its future. Subscribe to our automatic updates below.

About the series

Empire is an American drama TV series that follows the life of a former drug dealer turned hip-hop tycoon. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for Fox, the series stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. It is a co-production between Imagine Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Danny Strong Productions, Little Chicken, Inc., and 20th Century Fox Television. Empire has been on the air since January 2015, and the current third season kicked off on September 21, 2016.

Lucious Lyon is a former drug dealer who becomes a well-known hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment. His three sons – Hakeem, Jamal and Lyon – assist him in running the business. Just when everything seems to be going perfectly, Lucious learns that he has ALS and will be incapacitated in three years. This news prompt him to begin thinking of who will run the business when he himself no longer can, and it is the exact time when Lucious` ex-wife Cookie is released from prison, where she did time on drug dealing charges. Cookie believes that Lucious owes her, as it was he who put her up to dealing and later used the drug money to jumpstart his career. The intense season three premiere features Rhonda’s death after a rooftop fight with Anika, Anika giving birth and Andre beginning to hallucinate of Rhonda, while Lucious continues to pursue his music legacy.

Viewership and likely renewal

The first season of Empire was a hands down hit for Fox and the second continued to deliver impressive broadcast ratings. The series soared 76% versus its season debut last January and had a whopping 12.28 million 18-49 viewers overall. The current third season was once ahead of all other programs on its premiere night, with 10,868 million viewers, an overall 18-49 demo rating of 4.32 and a whopping rating of 17 in Women 18-49. The music drama series continues to collect critical accolades, and most recently has been nominated for 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, while Taraji P. Henson picked up her Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. Although Fox has not yet announced whether the series will be renewed for another season, we believe that there’s definitely a bright future ahead for Empire.

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