‘Empire’ scores plunge after Jussie Smollett’s arrest

Scores for Fox's "Empire" dropped dramatically when the present returned from a hiatus on Wednesday. It was the primary new episode to air following actor Jussie Smollett's arrest. The episode was considered by four million folks, in response to Nielsen. That is down 13% from the final episode in December, and 35% from the comparable premiere final yr. Chicago police stated Smollett staged an assault as a publicity stunt. He turned himself in final month. Audiences do not appear too excited for "Empire" following the Jussie Smollett scandal.  The present's first new episode to air after Smollett's arrest dropped considerably in scores. The Fox sequence returned after a winter hiatus on Wednesday to four.412 million viewers, in response to Nielsen. It is a drop from the final episode in December which reeled in 5.043 million viewers (down 13%), however a large drop from final yr's comparable premiere, which had 6.2 million viewers (down 35%), in response to The Wrap.  Smollett, who has a supporting position on the present as Jamal Lyon, claimed earlier this yr that he was the sufferer of a racist and homophobic assault. However Chicago police stated that Smollett staged the assault as a publicity stunt as a result of he was sad along with his "Empire" wage. Smollett turned himself in to police final month. Smollett was lately making as a lot as $125,000, in response to The Hollywood Reporter. The present's producers stated in an announcement following his arrest that Smollett shall be written out of the present. "The occasions of the previous few weeks have been extremely emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an essential member of our ‘Empire’ household for the previous 5 years and we care about him deeply," they stated. "Whereas these allegations are very disturbing, we're inserting our belief within the authorized system as the method performs out. We're additionally conscious of the results of this course of on the solid and crew members who work on our present and to keep away from additional disruption on set, we now have determined to take away the position of ‘Jamal’ from the ultimate two episodes of the season." Smollett's character on Wednesday's episode ended his engagement as a result of his fiancé had issues along with his household's unlawful actions. At one level, he says, "I don’t know if y’all been studying the blogs and all of the foolishness, however it’s kinda been a tricky week." SEE ALSO: Police say Jussie Smollett was sad along with his wage on 'Empire' — here is the way it stacks up towards a few of TV's largest stars Be part of the dialog about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' movies like 'Inexperienced E book' harm Hollywood