Beyoncé Documentary Scores Record Ratings for HBO

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Don’t underestimate the power of B. Beyoncé pulled in big numbers for HBO this weekend with her documentary Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 90-minute film drew 1.8 million viewers during its premiere on Saturday. It marks 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 earned 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.”



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58 Comments

  1. Oh

    BEYONSLAY is Queen and Adele,Rihanna, Gaga, and BRITNEY WILL DEAL

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    susan Reply:

    @Oh, Didn’t Rihanna Oprah interviewed scored 2.5 million views and Beyonce scored 1.3 and this is great.

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    ---> Reply:

    @susan, 1.3 million? What are you talkin about? U mean she scored 1.8 million?!? OH …And in ONE DAY. Don’t you know how to read? Lol

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    susan Reply:

    @—>, Can’t you read, I said her Oprah interview. Beyonce scored 1.3 and Rihanna 2.5

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @susan, first of all NO ONE is talking about an oprah interview, the posting was about her doc on hbo. secondly, one of the only reasons people tuned into that ri interview w/ was to see what she would say about chris. by the way, bey’s interview was only 1 hour and served as a segway to the hbo doc. but of course you would come on a bey post and TRY to make it about ri but #youtriedandfailed

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    Its On! Reply:

    @susan, Off topic BITCH Shut UP!

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    Darla Reply:

    @Its On!, Stop the presses! No one is saying Beyonce isnt the bomb, but the first girl brung Rihanna into this and said she’d have to deal! So @Susan responded! Dont hate cause her ratings were bigger than Beyonces. Beyonce had Jay Z in her doc and talked about her dad, still didnt top rihanna’s oprah interview. Beyonce’s was not just a segway it was supposed to come on Sunday and only came on before her Documentary because Beyonce requested it. Losers

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Darla, a mind is a terrible thing to waste … this post is NOT about an oprah interview it’s about her hbo doc. i really need you remedial bitches to get a clue. why would bey spill any of the tea w/ oprah when her doc was airing right after the interview. the oprah interview was a segway because if you watched it, the you immediately after bey & oprah went to the screening. bey did not & probably never will discuss all that happened w/ her father & that’s fine. it’s nobody’s business but hers & his since he was her manager & is her father. kudos to ri on her stellar ratings for her opeah interview … again a large # of people tuned in to see what she had to say about chris brown. #GOODbye

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @Its On!, Lmao the timing on that was perfect.

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  2. Critic

    Only the Queen.

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  3. CB_Lovah

    Lmao, 1.8 is huge? Child please…

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    Nick Reply:

    @CB_Lovah, For HBO it’s a huge deal because it’s not a regular cable station

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    channelPink Reply:

    @CB_Lovah, What is your ratings like?

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    Neiko Reply:

    @channelPink, hahahahaha

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    REAL Reply:

    @CB_Lovah, you a hater…keep it movin…didnt they say record ratings….

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  4. Tae

    Ok now what about the new music I kinda tired of wating danm bey step it up!

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    BILAWAL Reply:

    @Tae, DITTO!!!

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    ROCnation Reply:

    @Tae, AMEN

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    REAL Reply:

    @Tae, if you watched the doc, youll know you might be waiting a while…she said the album would come out in April but thats not promise.if the music not right..its not comin…i believe she has a music project. Dont forget she didnt have a world tour for 4.

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    channelPink Reply:

    @REAL, That’s why this tour is going to be HUGE

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  5. Beyonce is TAKING OVA 2013

    Slayonce still slaying stay mad!

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  6. MADAME PEPSI

    Not suprised… It’s Beyoncé after all !

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  7. Twista

    These are indeed great numbers for premium cable. People should know that these figures are roughly 1 million above the ratings for critically acclaimed shows like “Girls” and “The Newsroom.”

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  8. Zave

    I’m so surprised we don’t have a single by now. All this PR woulda had her at #1 everywhere for sure.

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  9. BreezyLover

    Anybody know the song she wrote about her miscarriage?

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  10. 4

    I smell an OSACR NOM 2014

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    susan Reply:

    @4, You are dreaming the critics beat her Special up so bad, calling her special vain.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @susan, yes because alot of films & docs are not nominated because of what the critics say! bitch, get your life together … those who can do AND those who can’t sit behind computer screens hating! #alayou

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  11. Bobby

    Fhe fact that this was on Saturday night, not on cable, was a available on many streams and she still broke records damn that is epic shit

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    REAL Reply:

    @Bobby, agree cause most of her fans watch on a stream or went to somebody who had HBO…

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  12. Anonymous

    What is soo huge about 1.8 million viewers?

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    channelPink Reply:

    @Anonymous, More than you’ll ever have in your life

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    aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @Anonymous, I know right…what is so huge about it? shoot I can get 1.8 million views on youtube. That’s nothing groundbreaking. Basketball wives, L&HH, Housewives of Atlanta…need I say more. Oxygen and all those other networks are also cable networks and they outdid her numbers.

    Also, I heard beyonce only pulled 1.3million viewers with Oprah. I googled beyonce and she still has tickets for sale for her concerts…where is all the proof that the shows are sold out. Lawd the stans are making such a big case about nothing.

    You guys are doing no justice by hyping her to infinity. During the last several weeks people have concluded to one statement : So what about your life and your child…you are not the first and will not be the last to “have”(subliminal *buy*) a child.

    the bloggers know she is paying the blogs to plaster her news. Questions to fans/stans: How many different ways can you admire her? I hope she pays you good. Hit me up to sign up for the job. I’ll act like I care and hype her name too.

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    meme Reply:

    @aliciasahomewrecka, but why u mad tho?

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    aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @meme, not mad booboo. just stating the obvious desperate attempt by beyonce. why so many articles to claim relevance?

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    channelPink Reply:

    @aliciasahomewrecka, Men lie, women lie, NUMBERS DON’T.

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    aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @channelPink, numbers can be manipulated. look at the stock market.

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    JUICY Reply:

    @aliciasahomewrecka, i agree

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    susan Reply:

    @channelPink, Money and power lies.

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    Justine Reply:

    @Anonymous, That’s huge for a cable network. Nobody purchase premium channels anymore. HBO, Showtime, etc. don’t see big numbers. The link to the documentary was available on the internet right after HBO. So yeah, it’s big numbers for cable premium channels.

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  13. Justine

    BOSS bitches bring ratings up, not tear them down. Pepsi did good. Nothing but winning from Beyonce.

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  15. BEYHIVE2013

    YES motha! 2013 is the year of the Bey…King Bey! Her next album will be epic, tour epic and then after she will give Blue a sibling! I can’t wait for the Grammys and everything. She is sure to have 20 total in 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. marc

    Is a record for HBO, not cable tv…Madonna’s “I’m Going to Tell you a Secret” documentary was watched by 3.3 mil viewers on MTV in 2005….

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @marc, i’m SO glad you can read and thanks for that tidbit of information. but allow me to drop some information on you … mtv is BASIC cable. translation, everybody & their grandmother has mtv. hbo is a premium channel, a channel that you pay additional for and not alot of people have. #nicetry

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  18. british proune uk 2013

    That is a Big Number on the view of Beyonce documentary

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  19. Antonio

    Record ratings for interviews and documentaries, all I know is her stans better bring in record album sales with this album. I remember all the Bey stans saying 4 was gonna be a revolution in the music industry and break sales records. That album just barely went platinum, despite having two international hits and a major US hit. As big as Bey is, she really should be selling a million a wk tbh. Im not hating on Bey at all, it just seems like ever since she fired her father as her manager, her career is all over the place

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Antonio, “all i know is her stans better bring in record album sales” #girlbye, 4 was her fourth #1 solo album & remained #1 for 3 consecutive weeks. 2 months after it’s release it was platinum w/ NO #1 single and very little promo push because of her pregnancy. the only artists selling a million a week are taylor swift, one direction & justin beiber … artist w/ a large tween/teen following. but don’t you worry about bey, she’s doing just fine.

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  20. Beyness

    Apparently Keri Hilson is set to break records this coming weekend with her very own documentary, airing on PBS this weekend. whose tuning in?

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  21. ABA aka SKILLZ

    A DOLLAR STOPPED GOD FROM SMILING!

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  22. JUICY

    I just want to see new talent,

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  23. JUICY

    I like bey but I believe its alot of other artisit that should get the spot light for a chance,beyonce was so private that people started to forget about her and she scense that,and thats y she came out with the hbo show

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @JUICY, asshole that doc has been 3 years in the making. her team kept pushing her to put it out but she said it never felt complete until blue’s birth. hunty, talent like beyonce, adele & lady gaga (just to name a few) can take a 5 year sabatical & still come back strong w/ #1 albums in the opening week because after all the smoke clears & the glitter settles TALENT WILL ALWAYS BE IN STYLE! yes, people are starting to forget about her BUT her tour tickets are selling better than her contemporaries AND she has yet to release new music. #bossbitchstatus outselling on her OLD music!

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    NobodyCanBeUs Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, I agree with everything you said except that people are forgetting about Beyonce. People try to deny her rather

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @NobodyCanBeUs, to correct my point, i was quoting juicy in regards to “people are starting to forget about her & she can sense that”. i agree w/ your comment 100%, people do attempt to deny her yet they fail! this woman’s accolades, achievements, sales & reputation speaks for itself. some of these people slay me w/ the rude & demeaning comments that they make about this woman. however that’s the beauty of american … opinions are like a*sholes, everybody has one & sometimes they can be quite sh*tty!

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, correction *america

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  24. Jay-Me

    This woman is a goddess. I’m about to watch it again.

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