Beyonce’s HBO Documentary Earns Record Ratings

By Staff  |  02/19/2013


Beyonce's HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired over the weekend following her much-hyped interview with Oprah... and it was a success to say the least.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 90-minute film drew 1.8 million viewers during its premiere on Saturday (February 16), the largest audience for an HBO documentary since Nielsen changed its method of measuring viewership in 2004.

Prior to Beyoncé, the only other documentary to approach those record numbers was Spike Lee's Hurricane Katrina miniseries, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, which garnerned 1.7 million viewers in 2006.

Life Is But a Dream also scored three times the ratings of recent first airings of HBO's series "Girls."