Paramount Network’s documentary I Am Patrick Swayze not only made an emotional impression on Sunday night, it delivered impressive numbers ratings-wise. The premiere of the latest installment of Paramount’s I Am docus averaged 1.1 million total viewers.
With the TV Land simulcast and the Paramount Network encore, I Am Patrick Swayze delivered a gross average audience of 2 million total viewers on Sunday. topping Free Solo as cable’s most-watched personality documentary of 2019 in Live+SD.
In addition, Patrick Swayze is the highest-rated I Am special among the 18-49 and 25-54 demos since 2015’s I Am Chris Farley. With the premiere netting 1.1 million viewers, I Am Patrick Swayze earned a 0.4 P18-49 L+SD rating and a 0.56 P25-54 rating.
I Am Patrick Swayze is a touching tribute to the prolific actor who died in 2009 at 57. It showcases his life and career through untold stories, exclusive interviews, heartfelt home movies and family photos featuring those who knew him best. The docu explores his childhood in Texas and his enduring relationship with widow Lisa Niemi Swayze, whom he met as a teenager at his mother’s dance studio. The documentary is a window into the life of an artist known for his undeniable star quality and delves into his remarkable film career working on such hits as Dirty Dancing, The Outsiders and Ghost.
The film features interviews with Swayze’s his wife Lisa Niemi and brother Don Swayze. The docu also includes interviews with co-stars from his most iconic films Sam Elliott (Road House), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Rob Lowe (The Outsiders), Kelly Lynch (Road House), Demi Moore (Ghost), Lori Petty (Point Break) Marshall R. Teague (Road House). Others included in the docu are City of Joy director Roland Joffe, agent Nicole David, manager Kate Edwards, personal assistant Rosemary Hygate, stuntman Cliff McLaughlin, and bodyguard Frank Whiteley.
I Am Patrick Swayze was directed by Adrian Buitenhuis (I Am Heath Ledger, I Am Paul Walker). Executive producers are Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Derik Murray and Paramount Network’s Chaz Gray.