‘Empire’ Ratings Return Down In Wake Of Jussie Smollett Scandal

Unsurprisingly and as numerous anticipated, FOX series Empire returned from a 3-month hiatus to a substantial drop in the ratings.

Jussie Smollett

With all of the drama surrounding cast member Jussie Smollett, numerous market insiders suspected that the show would face the burden of the legal concerns surrounding him—and they have been suitable. Ratings have been down considerably from the March 13th episode in comparison to the final new episode that aired back in December.

Empire’s Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson

Empire is the highest rated show on Wednesday nights and the second highest rated show on FOX, just behind the Angela Bassett-led series 9-1-1. Having said that, the intense scrutiny and adverse focus surrounding series star Jussie Smollett, following his alleged hate crime attack and 16-count felony indictment, is currently negatively impacting the show, particularly its ratings.

Lee Daniels, Birdman, Terrence Howard, French Montana

According to reports, Empire’s spring premiere drew four.four million viewers and a 1.three rating in adults 18-49, which is down more than 10% in ratings considering that the fall finale episode in December. Luckily, Empire nonetheless placed second all round in the Wednesday evening primetime ratings, so maybe factors will choose up in the coming weeks.

As for Smollett, he had his 1st arraignment considering that getting indicted on 16 felony counts for faking a hate crime and filing a false police report, exactly where he officially pleaded not guilty.

Jussie Smollet, Gabby Sidebe, Taraji P. Henson

Empire exes are also reportedly deciding what to do about Smollett’s character Jamal, following previously writing him out of the final two episodes of the season. Rumors are swirling that the character could be killed off or recast, offered Smollett’s offscreen drama.


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