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Over 5-Million Viewers for Part One of ‘Roots’ on the A&E Networks

Including Two Repeats, the Total Was 8.3 Million

We all new this new version of miniseries “Roots” could not compare with the estimated 140-million viewers who tuned in for some portion of the original on ABC in 1977. But part one of the revival on Monday scored 5.3 million viewers on the networks of A&E, History, Lifetime and LMN at 9 p.m. ET, based on the fast nationals. Comparably, this is the highest rated miniseries on any cable network since “Bonnie & Clyde” on the A&E Networks in 2013. This premiere telecast was watched by 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. Over the course of the night, 8.5 million viewers viewed the episode (based on three telecasts).

“Roots” concludes its four-part revival tomorrow.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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