“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” debuted to an impressive 2.1 million viewers on A&E on Tuesday night.
The premiere episode, which scored 913,000 viewers in the key adults 18-49 demographic, was the network’s No. 1 new series launch in more than two years.
The eight-episode, hour-long series follows Remini–a former Scientologist–along with high level former Scientology executives and Church members, as they explore stories of abuse and harassment those who have left the Church say they have endured.
In one interview, former Scientology executive Amy Scobee told Remini that she went to work for the Church as a teenager after her mother became a member. At the age of 14, she says she was raped by her 35-year-old boss, but the incident was swept under the rug by Church officials.
The Church has adamantly denied the stories portrayed in the new A&E reality series, even setting up a website stating that the show is “nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction.”
There are also title cards throughout the premiere episode stating Scientology’s leaders deny the statements made by Remini and those she interviewed.
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman. Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Alex Weresow serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Remini is represented by APA, who also packaged the series.