50 Cent has some beef with Cookie after her ‘Empire’ diss

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‘Empire’ Premiere Gets 1.3 Million Tweets.

The bass line spilled from the Howard Theatre entrance, and the overheads bathed the excesses of hip-hop in high-wattage light. UPDATE: In rush nationals ordered by Fox, “Empire” was revised up to a 6.7 in adults 18-49 and 16.2 million total viewers for its second-season premiere.

Fox is putting its number one show to good use, and The Hollywood Reporter revealed in its new issue that a 30-second commercial during the season two premiere of Empire set advertisers back $750,000.After what seemed to be an endless summer hiatus, this week millions of African American television viewers are picking up the remote control and their smartphones to watch their favorite TV shows with a running commentary firing up the Twitterverse.

A whopping 16 million people tuned in to last night’s Season 2 premiere, outpacing the next closet show — the Season 7 premiere of ABC’s “Modern Family” (9.3 million) — by nearly 7 million people. There was the gold kitted-up car, the velvet ropes, the women in tight dresses and gladiator shoes wrapping around their calves, the player-players in satin suits and walking canes. That number won’t be dwindling very much for the rest of the season either, with $600,000 apparently being the price for advertising in upcoming episodes.

The Fox drama has only grown in popularity since January’s pilot episode garnered 9.9 million viewers, a highly impressive total for a first-ever episode. The party people had gathered to make some noise, take some pics, throw out a few oh-no-he-didn’ts as they eagerly awaited the second-season premiere of the smash Fox melodrama “Empire.” Then, coming down Florida Avenue, as if not to be outdone, there was a sudden flurry: lights flashing, sirens wailing and for the briefest of moments, the robed figure in the black Fiat 500 whisking past, waving blessings to the crowd. The second season kicked off with Lucious in jail facing murder charges, while Cookie was forced to turn to him for help after being double crossed by cunning Mimi Whiteman (played by Marisa Tomei) during her bid for a hostile takeover. The show was a major hit on social media as well, as an astonishing 1.3 million tweets about it were sent while the hour-long episode aired, according to Nielsen’s Twitter ratings.

The episode, which featured the Lyon clan scheming for power while Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is locked up in jail, broke all fall broadcast season-premiere records. The show’s creator Lee Daniels threw a viewing party on Wednesday night, where he was joined by Mariah Carey – who is set to appear on the show too. The new “Empire” episode failed, however, to match the 2.4 million tweets it drew in last season’s finale, which was the most tweeted-about episode of any show in the 2014 television season. Pope Francis was in Washington for just two days — the odds were impossible that the devout leader of more than a billion faithful would drive right past the watch party for “Empire,” a soap opera of sin and dysfunctional family that has hooked 17.6 million viewers.

ABC’s comedy block returned strong, with “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” on par with last year and “Modern Family” and “Black-ish” a hearty second to “Empire” in the 9 o’clock hour. Empire airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm, and Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland and Lenny Kravitz will be among the other famous faces making appearances this season. Wednesday’s episode did not disappoint, as it picked up right where last season left off — in the middle of an inter-family struggle for control of the Lyon’s music empire. Now that Empire’s premiere has passed, the social media watchers are taking a breath and getting ready for Thursday night’s twisty trifecta known as TGIT: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder (known to most fans in acronym form “HTGAWM”). The most tweeted moment of Empire’s premiere was when Anika (Grace Gealey) began to dance with Empire’s newest financier, Mimi (Marisa Tomei) — a moment that propelled 32,363 tweets per minute.

The security guard was working the door at the premiere party, and right away, my man saw the connection between the pontiff and Lucious Lyon, patriarch of the show’s hip-hop dynasty. Ratings could go up even further in subsequent episodes, as TV icon Oprah Winfrey and musical stars Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Pitbull are all slated to appear this season. The pope’s “a clean dude,” said Pearson. “That all-white outfit” is like the one Lucious wears when he wants to keep things crisp and tight. Compared with last season’s premiere in January, “Empire” on Wednesday was up by 71% in 18-49 (6.5 vs. 3.8) and by 62% in total viewers (16.0 million vs. 9.9 million).

You know I hit that.” It’s worth noting that the rapper captioned the video by tagging Henson and writing “LOVE YOU GIRL LMAO” with lots of heart emojis, so maybe he’s trying to get back in their good graces. The demo score for “Empire” more than doubled the next highest-rated program on the night (3.1 for ABC’s “Modern Family”) and it’s 38% higher than the No. 2-rated series of premiere week (4.7 for CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”).

Across from Catholic University, the women Francis visited at a convent wore long black habits or white-collared shirts that matched their white headscarves. How his entreaties to love and to stop judging people had made a difference, even to those who didn’t share his faith. “I think Cookie Lyon [played by Taraji P. The 2.4 rating in 18-49 makes it the young season’s No. 4-rated series premiere, behind “Blindspot,” “The Muppets” and “Life in Pieces.” It saw a big jump in the second half-hour (2.7 vs. 2.1 at 8 p.m.), a clear sign of pre-“Empire” tune-in. This explains why producers like Shonda Rhimes and cast members get so intimately involved in these shows on Twitter and Facebook the night of the show.

Henson] is more like the pope than Lucious,” Stanton said. “It’s Cookie that commands the crowd and loyalty.” Gregory Wilson, a chef who formerly worked at B. The 2.4 for “Black-ish” matches the show’s highest rating to date opposite an episode of “Empire.” At NBC, “The Mysteries of Laura” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 from its year-ago timeslot premiere but nabbed its top rating since Feb. 25. He was people-watching near the entrance at the party. “Everybody wants to be down with one empire or the other,” he said. “I had to see the pope, then I had to see the dope, you hear me?” Standing next to him, his friend Kendrick Lamont, a screenwriter, agreed. “These are the two headliners of the week, most definitely. They both hold the emotional weight” to move people, he said. “If you can’t get inspiration out of today in Washington, D.C., something is wrong with you.” And when Lucious told a rival that if he had “war” with his ex, Cookie, then he and the rival were done, then ordered the guy rubbed out. In comparison to the two other Rhimes shows, Grey’s—which has been a television staple for 12 seasons now—still does well in the ratings in all demographics but doesn’t have the must see, viral social media reach among African Americans that it does among other audiences.

Last night’s 1.2 rating/6 share for “Tonight,” whose guests included James Spader, matched the show’s best score on a Wednesday in six months and nearly matched the combined scores of CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (0.8/4) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5/2). Shows like Empire and Scandal are good television because the writers and producers are very aware that they need to have all the bells and whistles, crazy one-liners and tight dialogue that make for viral gold. Outside the theater, little felt more gangster than the heaven-sent man shutting down whole swaths of the city to give a wave to the faithful, including all those under the sway of a pounding bass line and the lure of Lucious.

Tamarra Allen 47, of Atlanta is one of the driving forces behind the Facebook group Empire (Fox Show) Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard, which has over 67,000 members. Although last season there were a lot of cricket moments as Scandal gave us weeks of Olivia Pope being taken hostage, there were no nodding-off moments in Empire.

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