‘Empire’ Ratings Bottom Out for Jussie Finale

Jussie Smollett’s final official episode of Fox TV’s Empire sent viewers rushing for the exits. Smollett, who plays prodigal son Jamal Lyon, tied the knot in TV’s first-ever Black, homosexual wedding on Wednesday night.

Television ratings for Smollet’s final episode in the series bottomed out with a 1.1 rating for the key 18-49 demo and just 3.8 million total viewers, according to

The episode was Smollett’s last confirmed appearance in the season 5 of the Fox drama Empire‘s ratings took a nosedive after Smollett, 36, was arrested for lying to police about staging a racist and anti-homosexual hate crime against himself in Chicago in January.

He was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct in February. But in a strange turn of events, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges on March 26.

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