Empire’s ratings dropped to an all time low on Wednesday night as fans boycotted the show in outrage over the Jussie Smollett outcome.
On Wednesday, 3.97million viewers tuned in to watch the 20th Century Fox show, the lowest in its history.
The show returned to TV after a mid-season hiatus on March 13 but the scandal has done nothing to boost its ratings.
After Smollett had the charges dropped on Wednesday, furious fans fumed on Twitter that they were boycotting the show unless it kicked him out.
Soon after Smollett’s charges were dropped on Tuesday morning, Fox issued a statement to say it was ‘gratified’ by the outcome but it has said nothing since.
Meanwhile, the very prosecutors who dropped the case have spoken out to say they believe Smollett is guilty and the city’s mayor has billed him for $130,000 – the amount that was spent on police overtime investigating the January 29 attack.
The president has decried it as an ‘outrageous’ ’embarrassment’ and the State’s Attorney’s Office behind the decision is facing a federal probe.
Politicians in Illinois have also proposed cutting Empire’s 30 percent tax credit if they keep Smollett in the cast.
Rep. Michael McAuliffe announced the bill on Tuesday that he said would apply to any production which hires Smollett in Illinois.
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Source: Daily Mail