'Bonnie & Clyde' Delivers 9.8 Million Total Viewers in Simulcast Across A + E Networks

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December 9th, 2013

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Miniseries Opener Tops Twitter and Google Trends for the Day


LOS ANGELES, CA/NEW YORK, NY (December 9, 2013) – The legend of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow continues as the world premiere of part one of A+E Networks’ major two-part miniseries event Bonnie & Clyde (#BonnieAndClyde) delivered 9.8 million Total Viewers and 4.2 million Adults 25-54 viewers during its simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History at 9:00pm ET/PT last night, according to Nielsen Research.


Outside of History’s Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, the Bonnie & Clyde simulcast is cable’s best miniseries opening among Total Viewers since 2006’s Broken Trail.


Bonnie & Clyde will conclude tonight at 9:00pm ET/PT, immediately following an encore of part one.


Bonnie & Clyde was the most tweeted about program of the day, according to Nielsen SocialGuide (excluding all sports), while it also ranked number one in Google Trends for Sunday, with more than 500,000 searches.  It also attracted more than 420,000 visitors to A+E Networks sites and apps, per Adobe Analytics.


Marking A+E Networks’ first-ever simulcast across Lifetime, A&E and History, Bonnie & Clyde also stars Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy®-winner Holly Hunter, Academy Award-winner and multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominee William Hurt, Sarah Hyland, Lane Garrison, Elizabeth Reaser, Austin Hebert and Dale Dickey.


Produced by Sony Pictures Television and from executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Bonnie & Clyde follows Barrow (Hirsch), Parker (Grainger) and the notorious Barrow Gang as they sweep through the Central and Southern United States committing small-time robberies and daring bank heists, leaving murdered police officers and civilians in their wake.  Bonnie & Clyde was written by John Rice and Joe Batteer and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Beresford.

  • FowlScat

    Sorry but that was pretty bad. To say that was loosely based on reality would be an understatement. Contrived drivel. Nothing to make me tune in for part 2 that’s for sure.

  • LisaM

    Had high hopes, but it was sooooo boring. I guess I just prefer Warren and Faye’s version better.

  • cimmer

    Not very good and certainly not up there with the Hatfields and the McCoys. Too bad.

  • j

    I wonder if it skewed super-old as they put in their 25-54 but not 18-49 #s.

  • cimmer

    @j with a 9.8 total viewers I think it did skew old with what viewers it got, looks like half were in the older category but since they didn’t give us the 18-24 I’m guessing the other half were not in that category, maybe a quarter? It was a three network extravaganza and I think those numbers are terrible for all the advertising.

  • joe

    @ Cimmer

    I think you are forgetting that this was CABLE. Not Network.
    The Walking Dead is an unprecedented cable phenomenon whose ratings have never been seen before. Hatfields & McCoys was the highest rated cable miniseries ever.

    Considering this was a story already told on film before, in an award winning classic, these ratings are a smashing success!

  • joe

    It almost beat Breaking Bad’s finale. I don’t care what anyone says. That’s awesome!

  • Dan S

    I wonder why B&C was run over 3 networks ? It should’ve been an exclusive to History channel alone. I’ll reserve judgement on the show itself until I’ve watched at least the 1st part.

  • Jon

    It’ll be interesting to see the breakdown of what the individual network did I imagine History likely got the bulk of viewers then A&E then Lifetime.

  • cimmer

    @Joe,4.2 million 25-54 over three networks? I don’t care that it’s cable. Where’s the 18-24 numbers? I expect more out of cable and I think they were expecting better numbers too.

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