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BoycottEmpire’: Show ratings plummet to an all time low as outraged fans turn off after Jussie Smollett had hoax hate crime charges dropped despite prosecutors saying he is guilty

Empire drew in just 3.97million viewers on Wednesday, its smallest audience ever
Smollett appeared in the show which forced some viewers to turn it off
They angrily took to Twitter to call for a boycott until 20th Century Fox fires him
Smollett had the charges dropped against him on Tuesday but prosecutors still say he is guilty
The 36-year-old flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday and is expected to attend an awards ceremony on Saturday night where he is nominated for an award
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.

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Jussie Smollett is shown in Wednesday night’s episode of Empire which attracted the smallest audience in the show’s history

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Fans have called for a boycott of the show in light of the charges against him being dropped

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.

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