Ratings: Killing Kennedy Hits High for NatGeo

Ratings Killing KennedyThe premiere of the TV-movie Killing Kennedy on Sunday night drew 3,354,000 total viewers, squeaking past last February’s Killing Lincoln (3.351 mil) to deliver National Geographic Channel’s largest audience ever.

What’s more, Kennedy’s 1.1 rating in the 25-54 demo marks the network’s best performance with that target since Lincoln, as well as a 175 percent improvement on the Sunday time slot’s 2013 average.

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“The success we saw last night proved once again that authentic, smart television can not only be entertaining, but also be important, culturally relevant programming,” NatGeo CEO David Lyle said in a statement. “[It] is truly a testament to the drive of our [network] president Howard Owens, and the incredible collaboration and partnership we have with Scott Free Productions, [Killing Kennedy author] Bill O’Reilly, and the entire team that worked on this film.”

Killing Kennedy — which stars Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar (as Lee Harvey Oswald), Michelle Trachtenberg and Ginnifer Goodwin — will encore this Friday, Nov. 15, at 8/7c, and again at 10 pm.

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4 Comments
  1. M3rc Nate says:

    I really enjoyed it, however i just didnt know what to believe lol. Im not a conspiracy theorist or ANYthing like that, but the Kennedy assassination…i just dont know what to take as FACT. But anyways, it was interesting, informative, fun, fantastically acted (though it was hard to see Kennedy, all i saw 90% of the time was Rob Lowe, not cause he isnt great but because i love Parks & Rec and watch it a LOT.

  2. et al says:

    Let me guess. In O’RLY’s version, Oswald was a misunderstood hero and Kennedy had it coming.

    • Maria says:

      Not at all. Even though I am a political conservative, I can’t stand Bill O’Reilly, so I expected not to like the book, and to find it biased. In fact, I loved the book, and I found it well-researched and not preachy or slanted in any way. He just presented facts (with sources cited). Oswald in the book is about as messed up as he was in the movie. Kennedy is shown as a womanizer to the millionth degree, yes…but also a man with a great vision for America, and a man whose ability to lead grew exponentially during his brief time in office. I’m glad I put my prejudices about Mr. O’Reilly aside and just read the book with an open mind.

  3. MaryO says:

    my gawd, the dialogue is absolute tripe! too disappointing for those of us who were alive at the time and have done a little studying over the years on the subjects presented.