“Underground” Sets Ratings Record For WGN
The premiere of “Underground” set a ratings record for WGN last Wednesday (March 9).
The period drama starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller, and Christopher Meloni, centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive.
Here’s more scoop via Deadline:
Wednesday’s 10 PM unveiling of the pre-Civil War-era drama drew 2.3 million total viewers, vs Live + Same Day’s 1.4M, and 985,000 adults 25-54, vs L+SD’s 585,000 – boosts of 60% and 65%, respectively.
Add in three encores that night, and the opening of the series about Georgia plantation slaves who plot a 600-mile escape to freedom amassed 3.5 million total viewers and 1.5M adults 25-54 that opening night – the highest rated original scripted program in the network’s history.
Last week, Underground set a record as WGN’s highest performing original series ever in its launch last night. The 10 PM airing drew 1.4M total viewers to rank No. 5 among all scripted series premieres on cable this broadcast TV season. The premiere’s 585K adults 25-54 ranks No. 7 in the TV season that started last September.
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