Can Fox's Empire Continue to Rise in Season 2 After Becoming a Midseason Sensation?

Network hopes to increase ratings, ad revenue

Even if Fox suffers a repeat of last year's disastrous fall, during which four of its five new series almost immediately imploded, the network should have a much brighter and more lucrative start to this new TV season. That's because Empire, the hip-hop drama that quickly became a phenomenon after premiering in January, is back for an 18-episode second season, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m.