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Strong Debut for Cable Series — It’s the Channel’s No. 1 Original Series Premiere in More Than 2 Years

Nov 30, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A series that bowed on cable Tuesday night was the network’s top premiere in more than two years for an original series. The series is “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which is airing on A&E.

The network announced that the premiere delivered 2.1 million total viewers and 1.1 million adults 25-54. The program also had 913,000 viewers among adults 18-49. The network cites Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings.

The telecast ranked among the top new unscripted launches on cable in 2016, and was the No. 1 trending series on Twitter in the hour.

“The eight-episode, hour-long series follows Leah Remini, along with high-level former Scientology executives and Church members, as they delve deep into shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church and spoken publicly about their experiences,” A&E notes.

New episodes of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

“The premiere episode of ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ was the #1 original series launch on A&E since the launch of ‘Big Smo’ on June 11, 2014, which followed a ‘Duck Dynasty’ premiere during its peak,” the network noted.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation. Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman. Leah Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Alex Weresow serves as showrunner and executive producer.

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