People have been buzzing about BET’s three-part biopic “The New Edition Story” ever since it aired last week, with the network even re-airing the series almost every day since. The series was executed very well, and it’s evident in the blockbuster ratings!
According to Deadline, “The New Edition Story” was the most-watched telecast event in five years, since 2012’s season 5 premiere of The Game.
The entire series brought in a whopping 29 million total viewers on BET alone (not counting the network’s sister network Centric), plus 15.7 million in the 18-49 demographic.
The breakdown is as follows:
Part one (which aired on Jan. 24) drew 5.5 million total viewers to BET alone, and 3.3 million in the 18-49 demo. Part two (airing Jan. 25) brought in 5.3 million total viewers and 3.1 million in the 18-49 demo, and part three (on Jan. 26) had 5.6 million total viewers and 3.3 million in the key demo.
BET also ranked as the most-mentioned network on both Facebook and Twitter on all three nights.
“The New Edition Story” was directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, and their longtime manager Brooke Payne.
Here’s to more great music biopics!