Big ratings and a Golden Globe have resulted in another early renewal for Fox’s flagship drama series Empire. Fox TV Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced the third season pickup for the show at the top of the network’s TCA presentation. The size of the order, expected again to be less than full-season 22, has not been specified. Empire produced 12 episodes in Season one and 18 in Season two.

Following a record-breaking freshman run, in which ratings grew with every episode, Empire‘s numbers have come back to earth a bit in Season 2. Still, it remains as the No. 1 series on broadcast television among Adults 18-49, averaging a 7.3 Live+7 rating, and 21.2 million viewers across multiple platforms. The series also is the most tweeted-about scripted program on broadcast television.

TarajiHensonGlobesAt last Sunday’s Golden Globes, Empire was the only broadcast drama nominated in the best series category and star Taraji P. Henson won for best performance by an actress in a drama series. The series also has received a Grammy Award nomination for its soundtrack.

Empire, which returns for the spring portion of its second season on March 30, stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill. Guest stars have included Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Vivica A. Fox, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo.