While noting the huge impact the hit show has had since debuting in January, Fallon also had a chance to note some other recent big news items. "It's about a black family with a lot of gold record," begins Fallon with the first pro on his list. The con? "Half the country sees it as a blue family with white records," he stated as a quick nod to 'The Dress' meme and debate that swept the internet last week.
The host continued with references to the llama chase livestream, the Empire Carpet theme song, and Orange Is the New Black before finishing off the segment with an imagined Snoop Dogg-themed spoof of Empire called Hempire. The reference comes just in time for Snoop to make an appearance as himself on the drama.
Empire's ratings have increased with every week of its run so far, a feat that hasn't occurred in over two decades. Beyond television, the show's music has also become a successful entity of its own, with a Season One soundtrack due on March 10th. According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox is considering an Empire concert series, similar to the tours that supported Glee, the network's last big musical hit, at its height.