via press release:
History ™ Celebrates its Best Year of All Time!!
Top Ten in A25-54 for the first time in network history
Record numbers in all key demos
Among all ad-supported cable networks.
New York, December 29, 2009 – History™ is making history setting new records in 2009, notching its best-ever annual finish with records in all target metrics, the third consecutive year of growth in all key demos in primetime (Total Viewers, A18-49, A25-54, M18-49 and M25-54). And, for the first time in the history of the network, in the key target demo of A25-54, History finished the year as a Top Ten network coming in at # 9 (vs. #11 in 2008) among all ad supported networks.
History hit a record number of 1.19 million total viewers, and once again, History is a Top Five network (#5) among Men 25-54.
This success is fueled by the network’s slate of hit series – including Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, Ax Men, Life After People–and event specials such as WWII in HD, Manson, Woodstock: Now & Then and Stealing Lincoln’s Body.
“Being a top ten network is a huge accomplishment and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager, History. “Groundbreaking programming that resonates with our passionate fan base brought us to these incredible heights. We aim to keep the momentum going in the coming year. Our mission is to constantly challenge ourselves to seek out unique ways to tell stories that will captivate our loyal viewers and attract new audiences from around the dial.”
HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, How The Earth Was Made, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars and The Universe, as well as acclaimed specials including 102 Minutes That Changed America, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, King, Life After People, Nostradamus: 2012, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed and WWII in HD. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY web site, located at www.history.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games, podcasts and more.