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Was it because Anthony Anderson was topless for most of the episode?

For some reason, ABC’s promising new comedy Black-ish took a hit in viewership Wednesday night, falling an alarming 24 percent from its promising series debut last week.

Wednesday’s episode drew 6.6 million viewers, down from 10.8 million for the premiere, according to Nielsen. However, ABC is quick to point out that this is the strongest week-two retention for any comedy in the post-Modern Family slot since 2009.

Nor does it account for DVR time-shifting which has adjusted ratings upwards for several shows, taking into account up to a three-day delay in viewership.

By comparison, The Goldbergs at 8 p.m. also drew 6.6 million, while The Middle followed with 7 million, and 9 p.m.’s Modern Family pulled in 10 million (down 11 percent from last week). Nashville wrapped the night with 5.1 million (even with last week).

 Octavia Spencer’s Fox series Red Band Society struggled with just 3.3 million viewers Wednesday night, however, the audience did increase during its second half hour.

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