‘America’ is beautiful for History

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“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.

The series will run for four more Sundays before concluding Memorial Day, May 31. The upcoming second episode focuses on westward expansion and growing divisions between the North and South. (Pic above is the special’s depiction of Valley Forge.)

Former Discovery and BBC2 topper Jane Root exec produces “America” through her Nutopia production company.

History’s “Pawn Stars,” which aired firstrun episodes before “America,” averaged 5.0 million total viewers, up more than 25% from its season-two average.

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