‘Roots’ has strong premiere for History

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The premiere of History’s new take on “Roots” scored solid ratings for the cable channel Monday night.

The opening installment of the four-part miniseries drew 5.3 million viewers across its four-channel premiere (History, A&E, Lifetime and LMN). That’s the best same-day debut for a miniseries on cable since “Bonnie & Clyde” opened to nearly 10 million people across three channels in December 2013.

“Roots” drew 1.8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, which translates to a 1.4 rating. That will likely rank it third for the night across all of TV, behind a record-setting NBA playoff game on TNT and “The Bachelorette” on ABC.

In a completely different era of TV, ABC’s inaugural broadcast of the original “Roots” in 1977 drew 28.8 million people.

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