NASHVILLE, TN - Nov. 19, 2019 - PBS today announced the final national ratings for Ken Burns’s COUNTRY MUSIC, the eight-part documentary film directed by Burns and produced by Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Burns, that premiered on Sunday, September 15, 2019 on PBS stations nationwide. The first four episodes aired nightly from Sept. 15-18 and the final four episodes aired nightly Sept. 22-25.
The series will be rebroadcast on PBS on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 3-Feb. 21, 2020.
According to Nielsen Live +7 data, COUNTRY MUSIC reached 34.5 million unique viewers. During its eight-night premiere run, the film delivered an average audience of 6.8 million cross-platform viewers (an average household rating of 4.4). This makes COUNTRY MUSIC the most-watched Burns film since the 2014 broadcast of "The Roosevelt's."
To date, there have been more than 4 million streams of the series across all PBS digital platforms, and the series has generated nearly 1.5 million social media engagements across Facebook and Twitter.
COUNTRY MUSIC is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD from PBS Distribution at shopPBS.org. The DVD and Blu-ray extras include a preview program, two special segments on the contemporary lives of two of the program’s participants, and deleted scenes. The series is also available for digital download.
Funding for COUNTRY MUSIC was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy's Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith.
Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.
COUNTRY MUSIC is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Burns.
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