Program debut gives cabler best night ever

History’s “America: The Story of Us” launched Sunday to the highest ratings for any special in the cabler’s history, giving the channel its best night ever in primetime.

“America” drew 2.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demo and 5.7 million overall. History’s “Pawn Stars,” which aired firstrun episodes before “America,” averaged 5 million viewers, up more than 25% from its season-two average.

Former Discovery topper Jane Root exec produces “America” through her Nutopia production company. The series will run for four more Sundays before concluding on Memorial Day, May 31.

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