While the industry continues to reel from reports of Chadwick Boseman‘s death, his fans and supporters are paying royal tribute to the fallen ‘King of Wakanda’ in a big way.
As we reported here, Disney took to press over the weekend to announce ABC would air his magnum opus – Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ – in a commercial free format Sunday night (August 30). Following the presentation, an ABC News special honoring the life and legacy of the star aired.
Together, the specials dominated the day’s programming among fellow broadcast networks.
Airing on ABC Sunday (August 30) at 8/7c, the back-to-back Boseman specials not only defeated programming from other broadcast networks NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW for its viewership hour, but also for the entire night – by a wide margin.
While the film itself nabbed as high as 6.6 million viewers over its 2.5 hour airing span, the follow-up tribute show garnered 4.7 million viewers.
See how other networks fared during that same time window in the chart below (courtesy of our friends at SBD).
Note: The figures above do not include cable ratings (which are set to be unveiled tomorrow, September 1).