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‘Black Panther’ Gets Gigantic TV Ratings On ABC Following Chadwick Boseman’s Death

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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“Black Panther” had some monster TV ratings when it aired Sunday night on ABC following the death of Chadwick Boseman.

The famed actor died Friday after a private battle with colon cancer over the past few years. To honor him, ABC played “Black Panther” in primetime, and more than six million people watched, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR reported it was the best Sunday broadcast for ABC all summer. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

I don’t know why, but this makes me smile. It’s another testament to Boseman’s, who was the lead in the superhero movie, insane popularity.

Has ABC played a primetime movie in response to someone dying at any point in the past few years? If they have, I  certainly don’t remember it.

Very few humans ever move the needle in the fashion that Boseman did, and the fact ABC aired a hit movie two days after his death tells you all you need to know.

Here we are on Monday, and I still can’t believe Boseman died at the age of 43. 2020 is honestly the worst year ever.

I hope you all tuned into “Black Panther.” Hell of a way to send out a legend.