It’s no secret that diversity is a new priority in the TV world.  And Empire is, in some ways singlehandedly, changing the calculus behind network television—helping to convince executives that diversity is really worth pushing for.

The numbers are hard to argue with the ratings for Empire that have jumped every week, according to Nielsen.  At least 62 percent of the show’s whole audience is black and growing. Remember no show becomes #1 with just Black folks watching the audience is a reflection of the country.

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The show has to be interesting and compelling.

While Black folks have long watched black characters on shows, there has never been hit dramas (plural) on TV like now where many, if not all of the main characters in these dramas are African-American.

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It seems pretty clear, that Fox hadn’t really anticipated what a huge hit it had on its hands.  I started watching Empire for the same reason you did. Word of mouth, social media, friends, and family. But now that I’m on “Empire” it speaks to a bigger issue. More leading roles for African-American actors on TV. It’s been discussed, trivialized and even downplayed over the years. The proof is in the Ratings and the response that these show are getting.

I grew up on the Cosby Show, A Different World, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single , Martin , In Living Color. But I always felt like I had to wait for the next show to come.  African-American actors were not dominating the T.V. landscape.

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With shows like Scandal, How to get away with Murder that have strong leading black female characters and now Empire maybe thats finally changing.