FOX is back in the ratings game after their highly-anticipated drama, “Empire” premiered on Wednesday night raking in a staggering 9.8 million viewers!

The Lee Daniels‘ and Danny Strong series is a “sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.”

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Terrence Howard stars as “Lucious Lyons” and the incomparable Taraji P. Henson steals the show as his no holds barred ex-wife, “Cookie Lyons.” The chemistry between those two is absolutely magical on any screen…big or small.

The premiere of “Empire” gave viewers a lot to digest especially how the show tackles homophobia within the black community. There were a few scenes where I literally cringed and my eyes were on the verge of sweating profusely.

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Minutes before “Empire” premiered, Lee Daniels shared, “In just little bit you guys are gunna peek into my soul. It’s terrifying and yet strangely exhilarating! I really hope y’all like it. Thank you to and incredible group of actors and crew and #fox for making me and #dannystrong ‘s dream come true!”

If you missed the premiere of “Empire“….no worries. I gotchuuuu!

What do you think about “Empire?”

Sidebar: While I am here for “Empire“…I think it totally sucks that FOX would schedule the show to overlap “blackish” and force viewers to choose between the two shows.

Divide and conquer…SMH.