Black Viewership for Oscars Dipped Just 2%, Despite Calls for a Boycott

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Black viewership for Oscars dipped just 2%, despite calls for a boycott

Nielsen's final same-day numbers for Sunday’s Oscars found that total viewership was down 7.6% from last year (34.425 million vs. 37.257 million). Nielsen also released ethnic breakdowns, showing that for black viewers the decline was by a much smaller amount compared to all viewers. About 3.22 million black viewers tuned in, compared to 3.29 million last year. On Monday, Rev. Al Sharpton declared victory over the decline in viewership.


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