April 30, 2019

Fox announced today that Empire has been picked up for a sixth season. The renewal further extends the impressive run of what is currently the network's #2 drama in both overall viewers and the coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

Given the show's continued solid performance, the pickup was a no-brainer for the now-independent network, which broke off from 21st Century Fox after it was acquired by Disney earlier this year. Now produced by Walt Disney Television, Empire will now be licensed to Fox going forward.

Empire burst onto the scene in 2015 with not only strong critical acclaim, but ratings that towered over its competition. Awards show recognition followed and it quickly became a flagship for the network. While its ratings have now pulled back to levels far from what they were in its heyday, the series remains a formidable prime time player.

Co-created by Lee Daniels, the series stars Terrence Howard as a hip hop mogul in an ever-changing power struggle with his ex-wife, played by Taraji P. Henson, for control over their family's entertainment dynasty. One cast member, Jussie Smollett, will not be returning for Season 6. Smollett was written out of the current season's final episodes after being involved in a controversy related to lying about an alleged racially-charged attack against him.

Look for Season 6 to return as part of Fox's 2019-2020 lineup this fall.