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Black viewership of the Oscars was only slightly down; Latino audience grew by 8%

The running theme of the 88th Academy Awards was #OscarsSoWhite, but black viewership of the ABC telecast held up compared with last year. Data from Nielsen showed that 3.22 million African Americans tuned in, just 2% under last year’s total. African American viewers made up 9.4% of the total audience...

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