‘Free Solo’ Ascends In National Geographic TV Debut

Free Solo
National Geographic/Jimmy Chin

It’s safe to say that Free Solo is on a roll. Less than two weeks after the film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, its TV premiere broke records for National Geographic.

The commercial-free airing drew 1.45 million viewers in Live+3 to rank as the most watched National Geographic Documentary Films premiere ever on the network. Its total cumulative reach was 3.1 million viewers.

National Geographic/Jimmy Chin

The docu that chronicles the first ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan also scored solid ratings outside the U.S., performing above average during Live+SD debuts in the U.K., Europe and Latin America, Nat Geo said.

Free Solo directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin follow Alex Honnold as he begins training for the climb but sees the armor of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly break apart when he begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. The docu captures deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb that results in a triumph of the human spirit.

The pic capped a strong awards-season run by scoring the Oscar last month over such critically lauded and popular rivals as RBG and Won’t You Be my Neighbor?

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2019/03/free-solo-tv-ratings-national-geographic-premiere-1202572375/