via press release:



1.8 Million Viewers Tuned In To Watch Host Kirk Franklin, Judges Erica And Tina Campbell Of Mary Mary And Pastor Donnie McClurkin Kickoff SUNDAY BEST Season Four


Season Four Premiere Episode Ranks As The #1 Music Competition Program On Cable And The #1 SUNDAY BEST Season Premiere Ever


NEW YORK—July 11, 2011— Millions of gospel fans tuned in to watch two back-to-back premiere episodes of BET’s SUNDAY BEST on Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.* According to The Nielsen Company, a combined average of 1.8 Million viewers tuned in to the kickoff episodes of TV’s #1 religious/gospel franchise making SUNDAY BEST the #1 music competition program on cable in 2011 and the #1 SUNDAY BEST season premiere ever. The SUNDAY BEST season four premiere telecasts posted double-digit time slot gains compared to a year ago, up 78% and 74% respectively, and is now the #2 non-scripted BET original series telecasts of 2011 among viewers.


In the premiere episodes, thousands of contestants made their way to audition stops in Dallas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but only 20 were selected to compete in Atlanta.  Many are called but only one will be crowned winner of this season’s SUNDAY BEST.   In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season four will receive a national recording contract, a cash prize and a brand new 2011 Ford Explorer. SUNDAY BEST is a 9-week series executive produced by D’Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.


For continuous SUNDAY BEST updates, please visit Also, follow SUNDAY BEST on Twitter at (hash tag: #SundayBest) and Facebook fan page at


*All times are ET/PT.


About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary 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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