Documentary Business

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Nat Geo 3.0: ‘Challenger Disaster’ Premiere Ratings

My highlight for this week’s excellent Realscreen was CEO Courteney Monroe’s presentation of her team’s strategy for Nat Geo 3.0.
  • She raised big questions that I’ll cover soon.

Last week, we ‘Case Studied’ Nat Geo’s Challenger Disaster: The Lost Tapes.

The Challenger special deserves close analysis as a model for future Nat Geo global commissions.

It also marks a welcome return of the historical archive to the top of the list of programs that:

  • Capture marketable audiences,
  • Are cost-effective,
  • Cross borders,
  • And add value to the channel’s brand.



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Today’s post is a quick snapshot of Monday’s U.S. Cable ratings when the Challenger film premiered.

  • The selection of data from TV-Recaps-Reviews is edited here to eliminate Sports / Talk, etc.
  • Not all the programs are Unscripted.
  • The snapshot captures the relative audience of Nat Geo, Scripps, Discovery, which is making a welcome comeback, A+E Networks, and other channels that air Unscripted programs.

Cable Ratings for Monday, January 25

ShowNetwork18-49 RatingViewers (Millions)
1WWE MondayUSA1.534.183
3Love & Hip HopVH11.52.778
5Stevie J & Joseline Go H,woodVH11.332.559
6K. Michelle: My LifeVH11.182.253
7Fast N’ LoudDiscovery1.012.544
8Teen MomMTV0.961.676
9Hit the FloorVH10.781.546
10Diesel BrothersDiscovery0.751.787
11Vanderpump RulesBravo0.741.596
14Kids Baking Champ.Food0.561.844
15American DadTBS0.541.037
17Cake WarsFood0.511.45
18House HuntersHGTV0.471.698
20Ellen’s Design ChallengeHGTV0.451.724
21House Hunters Int’lHGTV0.451.703
23The MagiciansSyfy0.411.113
27True LifeMTV0.360.642
28E! NewsE!0.330.795
29Untying the KnotBravo0.30.739
30Guilty PleasuresFood0.290.864
31Vanity Fair ConfdlID0.281.099
32Angie TribecaTBS0.280.692
34Watch What Happens LiveBravo0.240.675
35Murder Comes to TownID0.241.204
37Top 5 RestaurantsFood0.220.69
38Make It PopNickelodeon0.21.134
42Recovery RoadFreeform0.160.458
43Challenger Disaster: Lost TapesNatGeo0.140.544
46War & PeaceHistory0.120.614
48Best Bargain PlacesTravel0.10.258
49Fatal AttractionTV One0.090.299
50War & PeaceLifetime0.090.477
51Justice By Any MeansTV One0.080.269
52War & PeaceA&E0.080.346
53Beach Town CountdownTravel0.070.188
54Top Gear: RacesBBCA0.070.179
55Could I Live There?Travel0.070.219
56Could I Live There?Travel0.060.189
57Almost RoyalBBCA0.010.04
58Almost RoyalBBCA0.010.025



My AIDC Panels

  • I’m excited about seeing many of my readers in Melbourne, my home town.
  • Both panels are expert-packed!
  • The AIDC team is doing a great job.
  • Please make a point of saying hello!

What Video On Demand Means for Docs
Monday 29 February

  • Rebecca Heap, Head of Strategy and Digital, iView / ABC
  • Roger Jackson, Co-founder, Kinonation
  • Sharon Ramsay-Luck, Head of Sales & Business Development, ABC Commercial
  • Moderator: Peter Hamilton

Sunday 28 February

  • Jeni McMahon, Screen Victoria
  • Roy Ackerman, Pulse Films
  • Leanne Pooley, Filmmaker
  • Penny Robins, Producer
  • Maya Newell, Producer/Filmmaker
  • Phil Craig, AIDC Board
  • Moderator: Peter Hamilton

My introductory presentation will cover trends across the documentary / unscripted sector. Don’t miss it.