"Empire" is still standing strong. Fox has renewed the hip-hop drama for a fifth season.
It's the first established series Fox has renewed for the 2018-2019 season. It joins freshman shows "911," "The Gifted," and "The Orville," as well as long-running "The Simpsons," on the network's schedule for next season. All of those series are produced by corporate sibling 20th Century Fox Television.
The show was a cultural and ratings sensation in its debut season. Since then, it has lost some buzz, but remains Fox's second most-watched drama in the coveted 18-49 adult demographic."Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was," declared Michael Thorn, Fox's President of Entertainment in a statement. "We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence [Howard] and Taraji [P. Henson], who deliver powerful performances week after week. We'd also like to thank our tremendous creative team... whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire."