Powerful Leaving Neverland is a Ratings Success
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 21, 2019--Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution (KMD), part of KEW MEDIA GROUP INC. (“KEW MEDIA,” “KEW” or the “Company”) (TSX:KEW and KEW.WT) today announced that HBO and Channel 4’s presentation of the provocative Leaving Neverland debuted to incredible ratings following its UK and US premieres. The consolidated average for the first episode of Dan Reed’s two-part Michael Jackson exposé on Channel 4 was 4.7 million viewers, making it the channel’s highest rating documentary since 2017. Audiences for Leaving Neverland were over three times the slot average and over four times the slot average for the 16-34 age range. The documentary also contributed to Channel 4’s streaming platform All 4’s single best performing program. KMD is managing distribution for the rest of the world outside HBO and Channel 4.
Following its premiere on HBO, Leaving Neverland became the channel’s third most watched documentary premiere of the last decade. The first episode averaged 1.29 million viewers and the second episode captured 927,000, for an average of 1.11 million viewers across both parts. After more than one week of viewing, across HBO platforms, the show has grown to be watched by 5 million viewers and 3.5 million viewers respectively.
The largest audience for an HBO documentary in the last decade was for another KMD-distributed title, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief from KEW’s Jigsaw Productions, directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney, which garnered 1.7 million viewers.
About KEW MEDIA GROUP INC.
KEW MEDIA GROUP is a leading publicly-listed content company that produces and distributes multi-genre content worldwide. Companies included in the KEW family are the production companies: Architect Films, Awesome Media & Entertainment, Bristow Global Media, Collins Avenue Productions, Essential Media Group, 4East Media, Frantic Films, Jigsaw Productions, Media Headquarters, Our House Media, Sienna Films, Spirit Digital Media, and Two Rivers Media; and the distribution companies: KEW Media Distribution and TCB Media Rights.
With primary offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and Toronto, the KEW MEDIA GROUP companies develop, produce and distribute more than 1,000 hours of content every year, as well as manage a library of more than 14,000 hours of content, for almost every available viewing platform worldwide. KEW aspires to offer great content from all over the world to viewers of all ages and tastes. KEW promotes transparency, equality, respect, and inclusiveness and plans to grow with the benefit of people from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.
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