‘Girlfriends’ Reunion Fails to Deliver ‘Black-ish’ Ratings Boost

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Tuesday night’s episode of Black-ish brought a highly-anticipated reunion of the cast from the hit comedy Girlfriends.

The episode was part of “cast from the past” reunion week on ABC, and featured Persia White, Golden Brooks, and Jill Marie Jones visiting Tracee Ellis Ross. Reggie Hayes, who played William on Girlfriends, even made a cameo at the end of the show.

The storyline centered on Rainbow (Ross) realizing her women’s activist group was very white. So she called up her three girlfriends for a “black-up,” and a discussion on whether modern-day feminism benefits black women.

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While the episode titled “Feminisn’t” generated headlines and social media buzz, the attention did not translate into a ratings boost.

The Oct. 8 episode of Black-ish drew 3 million viewers and a .7 rating, about the same as the previous week, according to tvseriesfinale.com.

Black-ish is currently in its sixth season. Girlfriends debuted in 2000 on UPN and aired on the network for six seasons before moving to The CW for its final two seasons.