Empire Is Almost Bigger Than the NFL

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon and Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon (Top Row) Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in EMPIRE. Season Two premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Empire Is Almost Bigger Than the NFL

The hit series slayed in the ratings again.

Published September 24, 2015

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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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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