Dark Side of the Ring premiere viewership multiplies 375% with same-day reruns
Monday evening, Variety reported that the big news of the first season of season 2 for VICE TV Dark Side of the Ring the documentary series is even better than we thought the first digits Last week. What we did know last week was that the initial first broadcast scored 0.14% in the key adult demographic of 18-49 years old, with an average of 320,000 viewers across all demos. What was done not find out how the broadcasts that night went. (The ratings released by Show Buzz Daily that most people use only reflect the “cable originals,” which naturally don’t include reruns.) After all, it’s not live sports, so if it’s on the real “live” network and not a DVR recording of the initial broadcast, those eyeballs count very well.
S0, how many pairs of eyeballs in total?
Joe Otterson Variety report, Nielsen’s audience data records the premiere as having attracted 1.2 million viewers across three broadcasts last Tuesday night, a 119% increase from the first season premiere by the same metric. The article also refers to the trio of shows “also setting new highs for adults aged 18 to 49 ”, but he does not give any details on this subject.
A few hours after the fall of the story, stunned Dark side executive producer Evan Husney tweeted his thanks to the viewers:
Of course, while the first season saw pretty consistent growth week to week thanks to strong word of mouth, the new season is a different animal. Not only does this bring the momentum to the first season, but it also opened with a two-part episode about the biggest mainstream report in wrestling history, the murder-suicide of Benoit. It was also the first column on the subject to contain significant contributions from friends and family of the Benoit, adding additional gravity. Whether or not this is the first regular episode of the season, covering New Jack’s violent exploits in the wrestling world, this is something that remains to be seen.
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