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''Empire' and its phenomenal ratings a top priority for Fox
''Empire' and its phenomenal ratings a top priority for Fox

"Empire" just wrapped its first season Wednesday night with its best ratings so far. Now comes the hard part for Fox: How to handle its hip-hop soap smash as it heads into Season 2? "We're all very excited about it, but we had no idea it would do as well as it's doing," executive producer Brian Grazer, whose company Imagine Television helps make the series, said in an interview Wednesday morning. With "Empire," Fox has landed the top-rated new series on broadcast TV in more than a decade — and a show more popular in black households than even the Super Bowl, according to Nielsen. This week's finale — a two-hour block consisting...

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