"Empire" Falls to Lowest Ratings Ever After Jussie Smollett Drama

March 29, 2019

How the Empire has fallen. TVLine reports that the FOX drama's latest episode this week experienced its lowest ratings in series history--on the same week that Chicago authorities chose to drop all charges against star Jussie Smollett. The Wednesday-night episode brought in just 3.97 million viewers one day after Smollett said he was ready to "get back to work" following the dismissal of all charges related to his alleged hate-crime hoax. Page Six notes that FOX has yet to say whether Empire will be renewed for a sixth season.