On Wednesday night, Fox’s new show Empire premiered with historic numbers — reaching 9.8 million viewers, the Lee Daniels-produced series became the network’s highest rated show in years.
And the network may want to call actress Taraji P. Henson and personally thank her — her character Cookie Lyons, the matriarch to a family full of men, made her mark as the quick-talking, no holds-barred, complex but compassionate staple that will have viewers tuning in every week.
One look at Twitter during Empire’s premiere confirmed that.
— TriLLionaireTrace (@JssTriLL) January 8, 2015
— Tyresha (@Ladyresha93) January 8, 2015
— Beauty’sOnlySkinDeep (@BlackPearlMoi) January 8, 2015
It’s not a game. Cookie is running…
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