After six seasons with the Lyon family, Fox’s Empire closes the curtain on this musically inspired drama.

Empire in numbers

This gripping series has had an amazing run and we’ve been right along on the ride. The edgy, provocative drama has drawn viewers in by the millions with its fascinating storyline, its use of actual musicians and for the love-hate relationship formed with Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie. Now entering its final season, we’ve decided to go down memory lane and highlight some of Empire’s most memorable moments.

9.8 million – roughly the number of viewers Empire drew on its pilot four years ago in 2015.

Empire was the first primetime series in 23 years to have increased viewership week on week in its first season, and for 3 years in a row after its premiere, it was Fox’s highest rated series.

18 – the number of songs released on the soundtrack of the first season. And four songs were released when season 6 premiered. With strong musical ties, each season has released soundtracks with all the original songs from the show. We bet you are wondering who’s in charge of the music score? It’s none other than the legendary producer, Timbaland – creator Lee Daniels certainly knew what he was doing when he picked The Way I Are hitmaker.

3 – the number of times Taraji and Terrence have starred together. They were both lead actors in the hip-hop movie Hustle and Flow (2005) and the film Four Brothers (2005).

2 cast members married to each other. Grace Gealey who plays Anika and Trai Byers who plays Andre Lyon tied the knot in real life.

8 – the number of Emmy nominations the series has received, with 4 BET wins.

32 – the number of artists who’ve appeared on the show. Some of the big names we have to mention are Gladys Knight, Swizz Beatz, Pitbull, Patti La Belle and Snoop Dogg. Another big name is civil rights activist and talk show host reverend, Al Sharpton.

Empire starts Saturday 14 December on Fox (125) at 20:50

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