Lifetime’s buzzy six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly continued its solid ratings showing to the end, averaging 2.1 million viewers in Live+same day. In key demos, it averaged 1.2 million among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, 858,000 in women 25-54 and 798,000 among women 18-49.
The docuseries was Lifetime’s strongest non-fiction series in seven years among adults 25-54 (1.2 million) and women 25-54 (858,000), making it the No. 1 non-fiction series on cable since October 1, 2018 in those demos and the No. 2 overall cable series, behind AMC’s The Walking Dead, according to the network and Nielsen.
Its January 6 finale helped boost the docuseries to the No. 1 entertainment telecast across cable for the week beginning 12/31 among A25-54, W25-54, A18-49, and W18-49. It also was the No. 1 most social primetime program across broadcast and cable for three consecutive nights (excluding sports), delivering 1.4 million total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to become Lifetime’s most talked-about series on social media in the network’s history.
In the network’s official description of the six-part series, it notes that R. Kelly’s “genre-defining career and playboy lifestyle have been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia. Despite damning evidence and multiple witnesses, to date, none of these accusations seems to have affected him. For the first time, survivors and people from Kelly’s inner circle are coming forward with new allegations about his sexual, mental and physical abuse. They finally are ready to share their full story and shed light on the secret life the public has never seen.”
Surviving R. Kelly is executive produced by hampton, Tamra Simmons, Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels for Kreativ Inc. which has a production deal with Bunim/Murray Productions, and Brie Miranda Bryant from Lifetime.
Live+3 data will be available Thursday.