Finding Jesus Season Two also Debuts at #2, Ahead of MSNBC
CNN’s newest Original Series Believer with Reza Aslan (“Aghori Sadhus in India”) premiered on Sunday night (10pm, ET), ranking a strong #2 in cable news among both total viewers and adults 25-54 and #1 in younger viewers (18-34). Believer outperformed MSNBC by triple digits in total viewers and adults 25-54, and was ahead of Fox News among 18-34.
Believer averaged 787k total viewers, +121% more than MSNBC’s 356k. Fox News averaged 1.606 million total viewers. Among adults 25-54, the show posted 304k, a +104% advantage over MSNBC’s 149k; Fox News had 366k. Among younger viewers (18-34), CNN was top-rated with 81k, +80% more than Fox News’ 45k and a +40% lead over MSNBC’s 58k.
CNN also had the most growth at 10pm vs. the prior four Sundays, up +77% in total viewers, +65% among 25-54 and +84% in 18-34.
The season two debut of Finding Jesus (“The Pilate Stone”) also ranked #2 in cable news Sunday night (9pm, ET). In total viewers, CNN delivered 1.045 million, +188% more than MSNBC’s 363k. Fox News averaged 2.279 million total viewers. Among adults 25-54, CNN posted 329k, a +116% lead over MSNBC’s 152k, Fox News had 420k. In 18-34, CNN was top rated with 70k, Fox News followed with 53k and MSNBC had 38k.
Among ALL CNN Original Series season premieres, Finding Jesus Season 2 ranks #6 in total viewers and #9 among adults 25-54.
This Sunday’s (March 12) episodes of Finding Jesus “Raising Lazarus” and Believer “Doomsday Cult in Hawaii” premiere at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively.
Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery
Returns for Season Two at 9PM ET/PT
NEW YORK – Jan. 31, 2017 – Believer with Reza Aslan, a new six-part CNN Original Series, will debut on Sunday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The spiritual adventure series follows religion scholar and best-selling author Aslan as he immerses himself in customs and faith rituals around the globe, exploring Ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, Scientology in the U.S., Hindu asceticism in India, Vodou in Haiti, Santa Muerte in Mexico, and an apocalyptic doomsday cult in Hawaii. The hour-long series, produced by Whalerock Industries with executive producers Aslan, Lloyd Braun, Liz Bronstein and Chris Cowan, will also air on CNN International.
Two new CNN Original Series will premiere Sunday, March 1st with Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (produced by Nutopia) airing at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the The Wonder List with Bill Weir at 10 pm ET/PT (produced by CNN).
Loved and worshipped by billions, Jesus of Nazareth is, unquestionably, the most famous person of the last 2,000 years. His influence on culture, politics, education and literature continues to this day. But he left no physical trace. Or did he? That’s the question at the forefront of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery. The series features the latest scientific and archaeological research along with a first-class panel of contributors who will provide expert commentary and investigate the authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus.
The series will air across six, one hour episodes, culminating on Easter Sunday. FULL POST