via press release:


11th Annual CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL Reigns Supreme As #1 Religious Telecast On Television

Network Posts 23% Viewership Gains Amid New Scripted Programming THE GAME And LET’S STAY TOGETHER Along With CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL

NEW YORK – February 1, 2011 – BET celebrates another record breaking milestone as the Network closes the month with historic ratings with an average of 621,000 viewers. Led by double-digit gains among total viewers (23%),BET ranked #2 among all top 25 ad-supported cable networks according to the Nielsen Company. Contributing to these gains:

  • The incredible performance of the January 11th premiere of THE GAME, which was viewed by 7.7 million viewers;
  • THE GAME viewership kept its momentum going with an average of 6 million viewers in January;
  • The new companion sitcom, LET’S STAY TOGETHER ,also maintained impressive numbers with an average of 3.4 million viewers in January;
  • January 2011 movies were up double-digits compared to a year ago (+18%); and
  • The January 30 telecast of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL was the #1 within its franchise garnering a record 2.75 million viewers.

On January 30th at 8:00 p.m.*, 2.75 million viewers and 1.8 million households tuned in to watchCELEBRATION OF GOSPEL garnering a 2.02 coverage rating according to the Nielsen Company. It was the #1 gospel/religious telecast for the 11th consecutive year and the #1 CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL telecast in BET history. Hosted by Steve Harvey, CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL featured breathtaking performances by Whitney Houston, Kim Burrell, Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, El DeBarge, VaShawn Mitchell and more.

Source: BET Corporate Research via The Nielsen Company ?LIVE + SAME DAY DATA

*All times ET/PT

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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