MTV’s “THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES” PREMIERE REACHES 7.5 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS, LEAPS +71% IN L+3 RATINGS
Additionally, Two-Hour Premiere Event Streamed 3.1 Million Times Across Digital Platforms
New York, NY – January 12, 2016 – The premiere of MTV’s hit new sci-fi fantasy series “The Shannara Chronicles” unearthed epic viewership numbers, with the premiere event reaching 7.5 million total L+3 viewers across all airings, including an average 1.9 million L+3 viewers for the premiere telecast on MTV.
The two-hour premiere jumped 71% in L+3 to earn a 1.2 rating among MTV’s core P12-34 audience, as well as a 1.2 among P18-34 – the highest L+3 lift for a series premiere in MTV history. It was the number-one original series in its timeslot on cable among P12-34, P18-24, P18-34, and P18-49, and the number two original series on cable for the night among P12-34, second only to MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” “The Shannara Chronicles” debuted Tuesday, January 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Additionally, the premiere of “The Shannara Chronicles” has been streamed 3.1 million times across digital platforms including MTV.com and the MTV app. To date, “The Shannara Chronicles” has been viewed 14.6 million times across linear and digital platforms. Additionally, “The Shannara Chronicles” premiere delivered the best single-week performance on iTunes ever for an MTV series.
“The incredibly positive response on social media and great word of mouth translated into big viewership for the ‘Shannara’ premiere, delivering a very strong start for the series and a lot of new viewers to the network,” said Mina Lefevre, Executive Vice President and Head of Scripted Development for MTV. “This season truly just gets better as we raise the stakes for our heroes and reveal more of the world of ‘Shannara,’ and we’re excited to take fans further on this epic journey.”
The third episode of “The Shannara Chronicles” airs Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV – click HERE for a sneak peek (embed code available at link). In episode three, Wil and Amberle are kidnapped by Eretria and Cephalo while returning to the palace. But the Rovers are the least of their worries – Wil must learn how to use the Elfstones before a bloodthirsty Fury kills them all. Episodes three and four are available now via TV Everywhere on MTV.com, the MTV app, and select VOD platforms.
The “Shannara” premiere was preceded by the season 5B premiere of MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” which reached 2.8 million total viewers in L+3. The episode drew a 1.5 L+3 rating among P12-34 and 1.2 L+3 among P18-34. The “Teen Wolf” Season 5B premiere episode has been streamed 7.7 million times to date on digital platforms including MTV.com and the MTV app.
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