Fox News Channel’s trip back in time Sunday night to recount the tales of the greatest characters of America’s Wild West gave the network a ratings boost.
Nielsen estimates than an average audience of 1.02 million viewers, including 123,000 in the key news demo of adults 25-54, tuned in for the premiere of “Legends & Lies: The Real West.” Sunday’s back-to-back episodes looked at the stories of Jesse James and Doc Holliday and made Fox News the most-watched cable news network in primetime.
While FNC dominates on the ratings front during the week, it hasn’t been as strong on the weekends, but this gave it a nice boost. Compared to its timeslot average year-to-date, “Legends & Lies” lifted the network by 60% in total viewers and 24% in adults 25-54. It In addition to it regular Sunday 8 p.m. timeslot, “Legends & Lies” will also be presented during additional weekend slots throughout the course of its 10-week run.
The documentary-style series is executive produced by FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and hails from Warm Springs Productions, which is known for such programs as History’s “Mountain Men,” Animal Planet’s “American River Renegades” and HGTV’s “Log Cabin Living.” Future episodes will include looks at David Crockett and Black Bart among others.