FIRST NIGHT OF THE SPECIAL BECOMES THE NETWORK’S HIGHEST-RATED & MOST-WATCHED OF ALL TIME
New York, April 26, 2010 – The first night of AMERICA THE STORY OF US has become the highest rated, most watched special in network history, it was announced today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager, HISTORY™. The first night was watched by 5.7 million total viewers and drew a 4.0 household rating. Last night 8-11pm will go down as HISTORY’s best night ever across the board.
AMERICA, THE STORY OF US – 9-11PM
HH Rating: 4.0
Total Viewers: 5.7 million
A18-49: 2.6 million
A25-54: 2.7 million
M18-49: 1.6 million
M25-54: 1.6 million
“We’re thrilled by the launch of AMERICA THE STORY OF US,” said Ms. Dubuc. “The success personifies the hunger for information and the desire to re-connect with our past. Ultimately there’s no story more dramatic and gripping than the story of America itself. We’ve tried to present this incredibly diverse narrative in a way that is engaging for people today. We’re very pleased with the response and look forward to sharing the upcoming episodes with the American public.”
AMERICA THE STORY OF US is an epic six-night television event – new episodes premiere on HISTORY™ this Sunday, 5/2 at 9pm ET and with new episodes premiering Sundays at 9pm and culminating on Memorial Day 9pm ET.
This Sunday, May 2, 9-11pm ET, AMERICA THE STORY OF US follows westward expansion in WESTWARD (9pm Eastern) and as America experiences rapid change in trade, transport and manufacturing, quickly turning America into one of the wealthiest nations on Earth there is increasing animosity between North and South in DIVISION (10pm Eastern).
In conjunction with the broadcast, HISTORY has launched its largest ever educational outreach initiative and is for the first time offering a DVD of the entire 12-hour series to every single school and accredited college in America – free of charge. The series is being presented by Bank of America® and narrated by Liev Schreiber.
AMERICA THE STORY OF US tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress— from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad, the internet of its day, to triumphing over vertical space through construction of steel structured buildings. The series is also a story of conflict – with Native American peoples, slavery, the revolutionary war that birthed the nation, the Civil War that divided it and the great world war that shaped its future. This is a look at the forces that have shaped our nation – the people, places and things that created this most astounding country. It’s a tough and thrilling adventure.
In addition, back-to-back premieres of PAWN STARS in the 8pm hour averaged a 3.6 HH rating and 5.0 million total viewers, up 24% and 28%, respectively, from the Season 2 to-date average.
AMERICA THE STORY OF US is produced for HISTORY by Nutopia, a new production company started by Jane Root, former President of Discovery Channel. Prior to that Jane ran BBC2, and was a founder of the production company Wall to Wall Television. Jane Root is Executive Producer, Michael Jackson is co-Executive Producer and Ben Goold is Series Showrunner. For HISTORY, Nancy Dubuc, David McKillop and Julian P. Hobbs are Executive Producers.
Sun 25th April
America: The Story of Us serves notice from its very first scene that it’s no ordinary documentary. It begins not with the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the first shots fired at Lexington or even the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World. Instead, it marks the seminal moment in American history as the 1610 arrival of Virginia colonist James Rolfe with “a cargo that will change America forever” — tobacco seed……..
…………..If America: The Story of Us has a flaw, it’s a lack of self-confidence. Root and her team of producers, apparently worried that the show needed to be juiced with celebrity, regularly insert interview snippets from political commentators, newsmen and the usual gang of Hollywood suspects. The insights of Bill Maher and Sheryl Crow into the institution of slavery, unsurprisingly, turn out to be anything but keen. Though I have to admit that listening to Martha Stewart’s rhapsodic defense of 19th century sweatshops made the whole thing worth it.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/25/v-print/1594602/drama-surprise-bring-american.html#ixzz0mDdwdES5
Glenn Garvin – Miami Herald