February 2nd, 2016

1.35 Million Viewers See CNN Films Presents HISTORY OF THE EAGLES – Premiere #1 on Saturday


Director Alison Ellwood’s look at the musical legacy of the rock supergroup soars for CNN Films Presents 

Among Viewers 18-34, in 25-54 Demo, and Total Viewers

The CNN Films Presents premiere of History of the Eagles won its time period on Saturday night, and was seen by 1.35 million total viewers Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning 8:00pm Eastern.  The four-hour film premiere also won the time period (8:00pm to 11:55pm Eastern) for cable news viewers with 384k viewers aged 25 to 54 years, as well as among younger viewers aged 18 to 34 years with 67k viewers.

In its time period Saturday night, CNN Films Presents History of the Eagles outperformed the combined delivery of Fox News and MSNBC (726k total viewers for Fox and 304k total viewers for MSNBC) among total viewers and among viewers in the cable news demo of viewers aged 25 to 54 (168k for Fox and 157k for MSNBC).  MSNBC averaged 44k among viewers aged 18 to 34; Fox News averaged 33k among viewers aged 18 to 34.

The film, directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney first debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and spans the early life of the bandmates, their rise to super stardom, the breakup of the band, and their reunion. 

Among the 21 CNN Films and five CNN Films Presents features that have aired to date on the network, Saturday’s premiere makes HISTORY OF THE EAGLES the third highest-rated among total viewers (after CNN Films Presents Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and CNN Films Blackfish) and fourth among viewers aged 25 to 54 (after CNN Films Presents Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, Blackfish, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine).

Source: The Nielsen Company via NPower, Ratings Analysis Time Period Report.  Saturday 01/30/2016, P25-54, P2+, and P18-34 AA (000s).  All data based on Live+SD; historical data is program-based.

About CNN Films and CNN Films Presents

CNN Films brings documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters, acquiring films for broadcast on CNN, and providing finishing funds for collaborative film productions.  CNN Films Presents is a curated series of feature documentary films that are encored on CNN.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, oversees the strategy for CNN Films and CNN Films Presents.  Courtney Sexton, senior director of program development, manages the day-to-day operations for CNN Films and works directly with filmmakers to supervise original projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit www.cnn.com/CNNFilms and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.


About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.  Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media.  Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world.  CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.