“Empire’s” reign is coming to an end.

FOX has revealed today that the previously announced sixth season of “Empire” will also be the drama’s last. The announcement comes a little less than two weeks after the veteran drama received its sixth season renewal, and less than a week after the series wrapped up its fifth season on the network.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event,” said FOX Entertainment CEO, Charlie Collier. “We are trying to go out guns a-blazing. One of the great benefits of announcing the final season is that it actually allows fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve. Six years is a remarkable run.”

Like several other scripted shows this season, “Empire” took a noticeable ratings hit year-to-year. In its fifth season, the series averaged a 1.4 live + same day rating among adults 18-49 with a 4.52 million viewer average, down from its fourth season’s 1.8 and 5.66 million viewer averages.

However, despite that ratings decline, “Empire” remained FOX’s second-highest-rated drama of the season, behind only “9-1-1.” Its renewal was expected this season, but with this announcement, the show’s fans will now have plenty of time to prepare themselves for the show’s conclusion.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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