History’s two-part original movie “Houdini,” featuring Adrien Brody as The Great Harry Houdini, drew 3.7 million viewers for its first installment on Monday night, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates.
While a solid number, it lags a handful of original cable movies this year, including Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic” (6.1 million) and Disney Channel’s “How to Build a Better Boy” (4.6 million). And of course, it’s no comparison to History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries, which opened to 13.9 million viewers on Memorial Day night 2012.
Last December, the first night of two-part movie “Bonnie & Clyde” drew 3.74 million on History — though its total for the night was a big 9.8 million when you included tune-in for its simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.
According to History, “Houdini” is cable’s most-watched opening night of a multi-part movie in 2014.
“Houdini,” which wraps tonight, also averaged 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54.
The telepic is a Lionsgate/A+E Studios co-production. Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori serve as executive producers.
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WarnerMedia has established a scholarship, internship program and exhibition hall at the University of Georgia to be named after maverick media mogul Ted Turner. The company has gifted $550,000 to the university to create the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund, for students attending the school’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is also the [...]