Smollett Scandal: Empire Final Episode of Season 5–Low Ratings

April 25, 2019–Jussie Smollett’s final episode of Empire season 5, and his last episode on the show, posted low figures for the series.

The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demo and 3.8 million total viewers. Those numbers are down on the season 5 average, which currently sits at around 1.4.

The episode was Smollett’s last confirmed appearance in the season 5 of the Fox drama, after he was removed from the final two episodes following his arrest for allegedly filing a false police report.

Several of Smollett’s fellow cast members, including leads Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, penned a letter on April 19 addressed to the show’s creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, as well as a group of Fox-Disney execs, asking that Smollett be kept on the show for potential subsequent seasons.