‘Fab Five’ sets ratings record for ESPN

Sunday’s ESPN broadcast of “The Fab Five” became the network’s highest-rated documentary ever.

The two-hour film drew 2.7 million overall viewers, topping ESPN “30 for 30” docs “Pony Exce$$” (2.5 million) from December 2010 and “The U” from 2009.

“The Fab Five captured the essence of the ESPN Films’ mission as we launch a new series of documentaries following the excellence established by the acclaimed ’30 for 30’ initiative,” said Keith Clinkscales, ESPN senior vice president, ESPN Enterprises. “Our director Jason Hehir, capably worked with our own Jalen Rose and executive producer Connor Schell’s team to deliver an unfiltered look at the team that changed college basketball forever.”

Rose, an ESPN NBA analyst, exec produced though his shingle, Three Tier Entertainment.

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