FOX scheduled Empire Season 3 premiere date

The release date for Empire Season 3 — September 21, 2016

This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Empire Season 3 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. FOX has scheduled the premiere date for a new season for September 21, 2016.

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. The second season premiered on September 23, 2015 and consists of 18 episodes.

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.

Viewership and likely renewal

The first season of Empire was a hit for Fox and the second continues to deliver impressive broadcast ratings. The series soared 76% versus its season debut last January and has a whopping 12.28 million 18-49 viewers overall. Although Fox has not yet announced whether the series will be renewed for another season, we believe that with such a success we will definitely see Empire Season 3 in the summer оr fall of 2016.

Season 2 recap

Empire, FOX’s breakthrough drama series has wrapped up its sophomore chapter with a bang, having delivered almost 11 million viewers during the broadcast of the season finale, and bringing the average viewership for the entire second installment to 11.5 million fans per episode. The music drama series continues collecting critical accolades, and most recently has been nominated for 2016 Golden Globe Award in the category “Best Television Series – Drama”, while Taraji P. Henson picked up her Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.” In the final episode, we watched Jamal wanting to end the violence and endless fighting, and according the one of the executive producers, this storyline will continue on in the third season. Essentially, an upcoming season will focus on the fight for the Empire, the confrontation between the darkness and the light.

Latest news

UPDATED December 22, 2015: The mid-season finale of FOX’s hit sophomore music drama series Empire was broadcast on November 25, 2015 and there is quite a bit of wait before the beloved new drama will be back on the air with the continuation of the current season. The second installment of the current run is expected to be back on March 30, 2015 on FOX. With very impressive ratings for a second run in a row, we can definitely expect a renewal announcement in the future.

UPDATED January 16, 2016: While millions of fans are eagerly waiting for the return of the current chapter of Empire that will hit the small screen on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the network has delivered some very much anticipated good news – the hit FOX network’s music drama TV show has been already officially renewed for a third season. The good news came on the heels of the recent Golden Globe for the show`s star Taraji P. Henson, but was mostly driven by the show’s record-breaking ratings: in the current run, the award-winning series is averaging more than 21 total million viewers per episode.

UPDATED June 17, 2016: The FOX network has finalized its fall programming slate and following the lead taken by NBC, it announced today the premiere dates for its new and returning TV shows. Among the returning favorites, one of the most anticipated premieres is a third installment of Empire. A new season of the Golden Globe-winning and multiple award-nominated series is scheduled to begin airing in the US on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, following the premiere of the new drama series Lethal Weapon at 8pm. Subscribe to our updates and we will email you an automated reminder of the premiere date of Empire season 3 one day before it comes out.

Empire Season 3 Trailer

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