Fox’s massive hit "Empire" concluded its first season Wednesday night and, based on the social media reaction, the series is not just a successful prime time soap opera, but a phenomenon of "Sharknado" proportions. Let's call it a "Cookie-nado."
During the finale's airing, the show generated 2.4 million tweets during the broadcast. Additionally, the show generated 15.8 million likes, shares and comments from 4.2 million people on Facebook. The show averaged 16.5 million viewers across its two-hour running time.
The episode -- actually two episodes aired back-to-back -- brought startling revelations (Lucious doesn't have ALS after all!), shocking deaths (Vernon!) and some truly soapy moments (Cookie and Boo Boo Kitty's hair-pulling dust-up was a highlight). And it all ended with Lucious getting carted away to jail by the FBI for a murder he committed years ago.
So what did all those 'Empire' fans think?
Yes, #EmpireFinale was crazy and all but Jussie Smollett can't act and that's that. BYE.— Eissa Saeed (@senoreissa) March 19, 2015
In retrospect, #EmpireFinale was just ok. I felt like something was off. Other episodes were better.— ¿ Curt.I.Am (@CurttS) March 19, 2015
#EmpireFinale ¿¿¿¿ now what? God I love this show! They've got amazing actors, a terrific story, I'm just floored! Incredible show.— Boop (@I_amBOOP) March 19, 2015
Two of the elderly women at my job are talking about the #EmpireFinale like if it really happened ¿¿¿¿— Neahh ¿ (@regina9phalange) March 19, 2015
Ohhhh my god I can't the scandal that's goin down!!!! #EmpireFinale— D E E ® (@SneakerJunkie_D) March 19, 2015
Vernon getting killed. I see it coming. #Empire— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) March 19, 2015
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From #EmpireFinale writers' room: "Can we have everyone take a punch in this episode?" "Everyone?" "Yes, EVERYONE." "Consider it done."— Jen Lancaster (@altgeldshrugged) March 19, 2015