FOX announced today that the network has renewed “Empire,” “Gotham” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for next season.
The network has renewed “Empire” for a second season. Averaging a 5.3 rating in Nielsen’s Most Current measure, “Empire” has emerged as the No. 1 new series of the season. Following its second episode, it is the only new broadcast drama this season to grow from week one to week two.
From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious), Emmy Award winner Danny Strong (“Game Change,” Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, “24”), comes the drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power.
Featuring music by prolific producer Timbaland, the series stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (No Good Deed, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
Among the series’ other featured cast members are Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Kaitlin Doubleday, as well as newcomers Bryshere Gray and Grace Gealey. Additional guest stars include Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe (“American Horror Story,” Precious), Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Derek Luke (“The Americans”) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club).
The network has also ordered a second season of “Gotham.” Averaging a 4.2 rating in Adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers, “Gotham” is this season’s No. 1 broadcast drama overall among Men 18-49 and Men 18-34. The debut episode, which debuted with a 6.0/18 rating among Adults 18-49, outperformed “The Blacklist” and “Scorpion” and delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years. This Live +7 rating reflects the largest post-three-day ratings gain (+0.9) of any broadcast drama, ever.
“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. The series stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” Collateral) and Robin Lord Taylor (“The Walking Dead”).
The award-winning comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will be getting a third season on the network. Season-to-date, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is averaging a 2.7/7 in Viewers 18-49, up +17% in the key demographic versus last season, and generating the largest year-to-year gains of any sophomore series. Additionally, the series’ Jan. 4 broadcast delivered a Live +3 rating of 3.6/9 in Adults 18-49, the show’s highest Live +3 rating of the season.
Created and written by Dan Goor (“Parks and Recreation”) and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Office”), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stars Andy Samberg as a talented, but carefree, detective and Andre Braugher as his by-the-book precinct captain.