"TEXAS RISING" ROPES IN 4.1 MILLION VIEWERS
Launch of 10-Hour Event Series is the Second Highest Premiere
for a New Cable Launch in 2015
NEW YORK, NY - May 26, 2015 - Last night's premiere of HISTORY's event series TEXAS RISING (#TexasRising) roped in 4.1 million Total Viewers, becoming the second highest premiere for a new cable launch in 2015 to date in total viewers, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. Detailing the Texas Revolution and rise of the legendary Texas Rangers, part one of the 10-hour series also averaged 1.1 million Adults 25-54 viewers in its 9:00pm ET/PT time period.
Part two of TEXAS RISING will air this evening at 9PM ET/PT. The limited series' remaining three parts will air weekly, beginning next Monday, June 1, at 9PM ET/PT.
The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and TEXAS RISING details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces. General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas," lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) directs TEXAS RISING with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor Donovan and Kris Kristofferson.
In addition to the star-studded cast, the TEXAS RISING soundtrack album will feature new music from legendary performers including the title song, "Take Me To Texas," performed by George Strait and written by Brandy Clark, as well as Kris Kristofferson's remake of the Tom Petty classic "Won't Back Down" and new tracks from Jose Feliciano.
TEXAS RISING is produced by A+E Studios, ITV Studios America and Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS) serves as executive producer for Thinkfactory Media. Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production for HISTORY.
HISTORY(R), now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Counting Cars(TM), Pawn Stars(R) and Swamp People(R) as well as HISTORY(R)'s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible, The Men Who Built America and the Emmy(R) Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us(R) and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY(R) website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY(R)'s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.
About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, H2 and A&E IndieFilms. A+E Studios' slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including "The Returned" for A&E Network, "UnREAL" for Lifetime and "Texas Rising," "Sons of Liberty," and "Houdini" for History, among others.
About Thinkfactory Media
Thinkfactory Media is a full-service production company that creates high-quality entertainment content. Renowned for award-winning productions, the company was the driving force behind the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)-nominated hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys (History), starring Kevin Costner. They are currently in production on numerous projects including the highly-anticipated eight-hour television event, Texas Rising (History). Other recent credits include: Marriage Boot Camp (We tv), Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (We tv), Preachers' Daughters (Lifetime), R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One), R&B Divas: Los Angeles (TV One), Strange Love (TLC), Big Giant Swords (Discovery), 4th and Loud (AMC), The Hook Up (MTV), Spell-Mageddon (ABC Family), Prank My Mom (Lifetime), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E), Tony Danza: Teach (A&E), among many others. Find out more about Thinkfactory Media and its projects at www.ThinkfactoryMedia.com and follow them on Twitter at @TFactoryMedia.
vAbout ITV Studios America
ITV Studios America, the U.S. production flagship of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest producers in the U.S. and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing non-scripted and scripted programming for U.S. networks. It has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including Texas Rising, Good Witch, Hell's Kitchen, The First 48, After the First 48, #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Cesar 911, The Chase, Barmageddon, Secret Space Disasters, Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, The Car Chasers and The Bill Cunningham Show.
Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios is a global leader in television production and distribution.
It has international production centers in the UK, Germany, France, the Nordics, Australia and America. In America the ITV Studios US Group business comprises of acquired companies, Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media, DiGa and Leftfield Entertainment. It also includes ITV Studios America, the flagship U.S. production company. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world�s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. For further information visit: www.itvstudios.com/us.