National Geographic Channel earned its best ratings in more than a year with the airing of a program that drew criticism for what some believed was a partisan bias — "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," reports TheWrap.com.
As previously reported, the network defended its decision to air the film two days before the election, saying it wasn’t political. The film dramatizes the events around bin Laden’s killing.
The program drew a 1.4 rating in the 25-54 demographic, four times higher than the channel’s average in the Sunday 8-10 p.m. time period this season, the story notes. It was the highest performance in the 25-54 demographic for the network since the August 2011 broadcast of "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview."
The telecast averaged 2.7 million total viewers, with 4.7 million viewers tuning in for at least six minutes of the program.