CNN Films’ Roger Ebert biopic Life Itself , which has been on the film festival circuit for a year — it debuted one year ago this month at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival — and also been released theatrically and on VOD, finally debuted on the cable news network last Sunday night. The docu, which has been shortlisted in the documentary feature category for the upcoming Academy Awards, clocked 506,000 viewers on Sunday at 9 PM, edging out Fox News Channel’s 497,000 and handily beating MSNBC’s 265,000.
In the news demo, Life Itself logged 166,000 viewers, besting MSNBC’s 152,000 and FNC’s 82,000. Of the 16 CNN Films and three CNN Films Presents premieres to date, Life Itself is the first to place No. 1 in total viewers among cable news networks in its time period, such as it is. CNN will repeat Life Itself on Friday at 9 PM ET.