"Just three weeks into its run, Fox's new drama 'Empire' has been extremely impressive,"Diego Vasquez reported Wednesday for medialifemagazine.com.
"The 9 p.m. Wednesday program has surpassed 'How to Get Away with Murder' as the season’s No. 1 show. Heck, it's the No. 1 program on all of broadcast among 18-49s.
"And it's the first No. 1 drama in 21 years to see ratings gains from its second to its third week.
"But perhaps the most significant thing about 'Empire' is its cast. It's the first African-American drama to become a hit on broadcast.
"While there have been successful black comedies, such as 'The Cosby Show' and 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' there has never been a hit drama with largely black leads. . . ."
Mary Mitchell, writing Monday in the Chicago Sun-Times, was not impressed.
"Network producers certainly ought to take notice of that.
"Still, I can't ignore that 'Empire' is a modern 'blaxploitation' movie, or that it portrays the African-American family at its worst.
"Maybe the show will surprise me later on.
"But the best I can say about it now is that a lot of talented black actors are finally getting paid."