Big Opening for A+E Networks’ ‘Roots’ Miniseries

May 31, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The premiere installment of A+E Networks’ new “Roots” miniseries, which was televised Monday by History, A&E and Lifetime, delivered 5.3 million viewers for its first airing across those three cable nets, Deadline.com reports, with its three telecasts chalking up a combined 8.5 million viewers.

“The crowd marks the biggest overall crowd for a cable miniseries opening in three years, since the December 2013 opening of four-hour mini ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ delivered 9.8 million total viewers,” the story reports. “But ‘Roots’ fell short of ‘Bonnie & Clyde’s’ 4.2 million viewers among adults 25-54 viewers. ‘Roots’ logged 2.1M in that demo, as well as 1.8M 18-49-year-old viewers. ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ also had been simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History.”

“Roots” was well off the pace of History’s huge miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” and “The Bible,” both of which aired only on History. “Hatfields,” which opened on Memorial Day 2012, drew 13.9 million viewers, the report notes, while “The Bible” attracted 13.1 million for its March 2013 telecast.

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