The acquisition is something of a coup for Channel 4, which has traditionally fared well in terms of diverse content on its grid. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s Empire was a ratings juggernaut for Fox earlier this year, following the travails of hip-hop CEO Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, and his dysfunctional family. The finale netted over 23 million viewers , the highest figure for the finale of a show’s debut season since Grey’s Anatomy a decade earlier.
“Empire has been a record breaking hit in the U.S. It’s grown and grown as audiences have fallen in love with its unforgettable characters and soundtrack,” said Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt. “I’m delighted it’s coming to E4.”