New Ken Burns Documentary Opens With Solid Numbers for PBS

Oct 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Ken Burns’ new documentary for PBS, "Prohibition," averaged 3.9 million viewers on Sunday, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.

PBS believes at least 7.6 million viewers watched at least six minutes of the first episode on Sunday, a number the article calls "giant figures by PBS’ usual standards."

Nevertheless, it’s small compared with broadcast standards and lower than some of Burns’ other multi-episode documentaries, the piece adds. Almost 14 million viewers tuned in to "The Civil War" in 1990, although PBS has seen the same viewer erosion that other broadcasters have in recent decades, the story points out.

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