Empire, the critically acclaimed U.S drama about a family run record label, is to be screen on E4 in the UK this spring. The channel acquired Lee Daniels's show after it proved to be a surprise ratings success stateside, pulling in over 23 million viewers for its final episode - the highest for a TV show in its debut season since Grey's Anatomy back in 2005.

Empire has been a monster hit in the U.S, pulling in 23 million viewers for its first season finale

The show stars Terrence Howard as the founder of record label Empire Entertainment who is forced to hand over control of the company to one of his sons following illness. However, things are further complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, fresh from a spell in prison.

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The huge viewing figures and positives ratings make it the TV success story of the year - even eclipsing the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. A third more African-American adults saw the show's finale than watched the Super Bowl - America's premiere TV event for years.

The show's soundtrack is overseen by producer Timbaland and topped the album charts earlier this month. 

Empire has already been commissioned for a second series.

Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt made the announcement on Tuesday, saying: "Empire has been a record breaking hit in the US. It's grown and grown as audiences have fallen in love with its unforgettable characters and soundtrack. I'm delighted it's coming to E4."

Acclaimed movie director Spike Lee is thought to be pitching to helm episodes in the second season of the show. 

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