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15 Things You Should Know About Fox's New Hit Show: EMPIRE!!

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Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's breakout hip hop drama is changing the TV game, people. Wednesday night's episode managed to actually go up in the ratings, meaning Empirehas improved in each of its first four original broadcasts, making it the first primetime series to do that in the last decade. The premiere brought in 9.8 million viewers, with episodes two and three attracting 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively, before the most recent episode was watched by 11.3 million people.

As Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) so eloquently said, the Cookie strikes back!

But Empire's seemingly unstoppable ratings domination is just one of many epic things you need to know about the show, which is why we've rounded up 15 facts that might just blow your mind. Like which A-list actor was almost cast as Lucious instead of Terrence Howard and who was the inspiration for Henson's breakout character Cookie!

So click through our brand new gallery below to find out 15 epic facts about Empire, the show everyone is talking about right now...

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