Fox Renews EMPIRE After Just Two Episodes

Fox Renews EMPIRE After Just Two Episodes

How do you get renewed for a second season after just two episodes? 1. Set a ratings record for Fox in your first episode. 2. Break that record the following week.

The Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson hip-hop family drama, created by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, served up Fox’s highest-rated debut in three years and one of the most-watched series premieres of the season. EMPIRE then accomplished the improbable if not impossible the following week, outperforming itself in Week Two. The episode attracted 10.3 million viewers and a strong 4.0 demo rating, up from the premiere's impressive 9.9 million viewers and 3.8 rating.

Good news for EMPIRE is great news for Illinois. EMPIRE spent $25 million in 2014 to shoot its first twelve episodes. Of that amount, about half went directly to Illinois wages. The production is using 75 Illinois vendors. EMPIRE is being filmed at the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the city’s near west side. The long list of Chicago-based vendors includes post-production sound specialists Periscope and perennial camera and lens provider Cineverse (formerly Fletcher Chicago).

Celebrate this second season order by catching up on the current season of EMPIRE right here.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.