ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2017-18 season (the show's fourth) on 1/11/17; confirmed as 18 episodes on 5/15/17
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release, January 2017) FOX has renewed the hit drama EMPIRE for a fourth season. The series returns for its spring premiere Wednesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. EMPIRE ranks as the No. 1 broadcast drama among Adults 18-49 for the third consecutive season and is the No. 1 broadcast entertainment program among Adults 18-34, Teens and young women. EMPIRE earns FOX's largest Total Multi-Platform audience, averaging almost 16 million Total Viewers for the 2016/17 broadcast season, up +82% from its Live + Same Day delivery. The critically acclaimed series has garnered multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations. It was the only broadcast series to earn a 2016 Golden Globe Award nomination in the category of Best Television Series - Drama, and Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. Additionally, Henson has received back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. EMPIRE recently received seven NAACP Image Awards nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.