BET is disputing a report saying the show’s viewership collapsed.
Writer-director Ava DuVernay said she “cried” after receiving the viewing data.
The ceremony aired Monday night across several cable channels.
Four-part series was co-written, produced and directed by Ava DuVernay.
The primetime special also included a live performance of “All in the Family.”
Beyoncé’s tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities aired April 17.
Wednesday night’s episode featured TV’s first gay, black wedding.
Ratings for the Fox series continues to slip.
The Fox series is in the midst of its fifth season.
Viewership fell double digits from the show’s last original episode in December.