INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY BECOMES TOP NEW NON-FICTION SERIES IN AD-SUPPORTED CABLE IN 2016, AVERAGING 2.6 MILLION P2+
--Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Series in Network History --
--Episode Two Ranked #1 for P2+, HH, P25-54 and W25-54 -
--Each Episode Ranked in Top Five for P2+, HH, and W25-54--
(New York, NY) - - Investigation Discovery's riveting series JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY delivered a record-setting audience across its three-night premiere, averaging 2.6 million P2+ and 1.1 million P25-54 and garnering the top spot in ad-supported cable for a non-fiction series debut in 2016*. A partnership between Investigation Discovery, Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment, JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY, which aired Monday, September 12-Wednesday, September 14 at 10PM, is now the highest-rated and most-watched series in ID history.
The series-high episode two, on Tuesday, September 13 at 10pm, was the #1 ad-supported program for P2+ HH, P25-54 and W25-54, averaging more than 2.8 million P2+ and nearly 1.3 million P25-54. In total, the series reached more than 11 million unique P2+ across the three nights**.
"This story is as compelling as any movie I've seen and I am delighted with its success on ID," said executive producer Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company.
"The investigative resources of our partners at AMI, exceptional storytelling of Jupiter and Harvey's movie sensibilities combined in the perfect storm to make this such a record-setting series on ID," said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. "This success bodes well for our next joint project, which we will announce shortly."
JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is an unabridged and comprehensive look at the crime and the investigation surrounding around JonBenét's murder. As headlines and sensational breaking news scrutinized every aspect of the case - from local law enforcement's handling of the investigation, to the multiple 'whodunit' theories swirling about, to the family's bizarre behavior in the weeks and months following JonBenét's death - the country became transfixed by the child behind the pageant star. Featuring never-before-seen crime scene footage from inside the house, captured moments after JonBenet was found; rarely-shared police interrogation tapes with Patsy and John Ramsey; and unsealed documents and more than 500 family photos, JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is the definitive look at every angle of this tragic and controversial investigation.
Exclusive interviewees featured in this three-part series include Gordon Coombes, a former investigator for the Boulder County District Attorney's office, offering unique insight into the inner-workings of the office during critical moments in the case; Diane Dimond, an investigative journalist for Hard Copy who covered the case on the ground in Boulder from the very beginning; Bobby Brown and Steve Pease, both former Colorado Springs Detectives and protégés of Lou Smit's famed Apple Dumpling Gang - a group of retired law enforcement officials famous for solving some of the nation's toughest cold cases. The series also includes an exclusive interview with John Mark Karr - his first in 10 years - who is the only person to ever be arrested for the murder, recently filmed from Bangkok.
Other individuals interviewed include Ollie Gray and John San Agustin, private investigators for the Ramsey family and leading voices advocating the "Intruder Theory"; Bob Whitson, former Sergeant in the Boulder Police, who was in the Ramsey house the day JonBenét's body was discovered; and Pamela Griffin, who hand made all of JonBenét's pageant costumes and personally knew the entire Ramsey family.
JONBENÉT: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is produced for Investigation Discovery by Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc., and Jupiter Entertainment with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Executive Producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
About Jupiter Entertainment
Jupiter Entertainment is a full-service production company focused on creating successful, highly formatted TV series with great storytelling, compelling characters and high production values. For 20 years, Jupiter Entertainment has produced a variety of hit primetime series and specials across a wide range of genres including explosive docusoaps like Wild West Alaska (Animal Planet), long running series like Snapped (Oxygen) and hit series like Homicide Hunter (ID). Other recent credits include: Killer Couples, #Killerpost (Oxygen), Justice: By Any Means, Fatal Attraction (TV One) and National Enquirer Investigates (REELZ). Jupiter Entertainment currently operates offices in New York, NY and Knoxville, TN. Find out more about Jupiter Entertainment and its projects at www.jupiterent.com.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Soap Opera Digest, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 10 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of 2.1+ million and reach more than 37 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 50 million unique visitors and over 350 million page views monthly.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories", the "always revealing" network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 86 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, twitter.com/DiscoveryID or facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
ABOUT WEINSTEIN TELEVISION
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING'S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL and THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Upcoming releases include HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER, and LION.
Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Upcoming series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premieres later this year on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.
Scripted series include John Fusco's Marco Polo with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes' Doctor Thorne with Amazon. Upcoming series include Stephen King's The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).
Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo's Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.
*Source: Nielsen, 12/28/15-09/14/16, L+3 data, Program Based data, Prime (Mon-Su 8p-11p), Series Averages, Series = 3 or more premiere telecasts, ad-supported cable.
**Source: Nielsen, 9/12/16-9/14/16, L+3 Day data, all airings in Total Day (M-Su 6a-6a), P2+ and P25-54 cumes, six-minute qualifier.