The Lyons are the king of the ratings jungle. Empire returned last night with its season two premiere, and the summer break did nothing to slow down interest in the hit series. Last season's record-breaking drama received a scorching hot welcome back from audiences, beating out everything but the NFL in the ratings, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Empire not only topped Wednesday's night's ratings, but beat out every other show — except football — the whole week. Of course, we'll have to see if it can stand up to tonight's premieres of How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal.
Even advertisers are willing to pay top dollar for a spot during Empire's telecast: ad rates are as much as American Idol's at its peak. Season one of the series performed like no other series in history, gaining viewers week after week, breaking record after record.
Watch the Empire cast tear up the stage at the BET Awards below:
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