VH1'S ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION "LHH: OUT IN HIP HOP" RANKS #1 AMONG WOMEN 18-49* IN ITS TIME PERIOD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 11:00 PM ET/PT
1.5 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS** TUNED INTO THE SPECIAL FOCUSING ON THE REALITY OF BEING OPENLY GAY IN THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY MODERATED BY ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT T.J. HOLMES
(NEW YORK, NY) October 21, 2015 - On Monday, October 19, VH1 presented a groundbreaking hour-long roundtable discussion "LHH: Out in Hip Hop," which focused on the realities of being out in the hip hop community and posed the question: Is hip hop homophobic? The special, which aired at 11 PM ET/PT, garnered 1.5 million total viewers**, and ranked as the #1 non-sports cable program among women 18-49 in its time period. The special also boosted the network's ratings +24% from the prior 8-week average in the time period.
Moderated by ABC News' T.J. Holmes, the open dialogue included a diverse lineup of panelists from various backgrounds and experiences, including television and radio personalities, hip hop artists, film producers, writers, activists and religious leaders within American pop-culture and the LGBT community. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's own Miles and Milan were also present, discussing their personal experiences since the show has premiered.
Additionally, the hashtag #OutInHipHop was a trending topic throughout the evening on Monday, and the special ranked in the top 10 most discussed programs on TV (excluding sports) that night on Twitter.
If you missed it, catch "LHH: Out in Hip Hop" on VH1 this Sunday, October 25 at 8PM ET/PT, following an encore presentation of last week's episode of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" at 7 PM ET/PT.
This season, VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" explores one of the most complex relationships in franchise history. Miles, a West Coast rapper, struggles with coming out after falling in love with Milan, an openly gay man. Miles also faces emotional distress over admitting the news to Amber, his ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood. New episodes of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" debut every Monday at 8PM ET/PT.
More information about the special and organizations that specialize in LGBT rights and awareness is accessible at outinhiphop.vh1.com. Be sure to follow "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" on Instagram and Twitter using @LoveHipHopVH1, and on Facebook.
"LHH: Out In Hip Hop" is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Robyn Nish Friedman for Eastern TV. Susan Levison, Nina L. Diaz, Vivian Gomez, and Ken Martinez are executive producers for VH1.
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Source: Nielsen Media Research
*W18-49, non-sports cable
**Total viewers P2+