"Killing Lincoln" has delivered killer ratings for the National Geographic Channel.
The Sunday night premiere of "Killing Lincoln" — which is based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, and stars Billy Campbell as assassinated President Abraham Lincoln — averaged 3.4 million total viewers throughout its two-hour premiere, providing National Geographic Channel with its largest audience ever.
In household ratings, "Killing Lincoln" drew a 2.6, tying for second place in the network's history. The movie — billed as National Geographic Channel's "first original factual drama" — also posted a 1.1 rating in the 25-54 demographic.
“Killing Lincoln was our latest effort to expand the original programming we present on the National Geographic Channel, while still maintaining the brand values viewers expect from us,” Howard T. Owens, President, National Geographic Channels, said Monday. “The success we saw last night proved that authentic and entertaining are not mutually exclusive, and I think we’ve tapped into a new genre of factual drama that clearly resonates with our audience."
"Killing Lincoln" will air again on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
National Geographic is also planning an adaptation of the O'Reilly/Dugard book "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot."