After opening theatrically abroad, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” saw its stateside premiere Sunday night on the National Geographic Channel, giving the cable network its highest ratings of the year.
The initial 8 p.m. broadcast of the feature film, which was inspired by the events that led to the al Qaeda leader’s 2011’s assassination, averaged 2.7 million viewers for the two-hour telecast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “SEAL Team Six” drew a 1.4 rating among adults age 25 to 54, nearly five times the network’s 0.3 average, and a 1.9 among men age 25 to 54.
The special ranks as NatGeo’s top show of 2012 and is the network’s sixth highest-rated broadcast ever. “SEAL Team Six” ranks as the highest-rated telecast in adults 25-54 since August 2011’s “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview,” which drew a 1.7 rating.
Starting Tuesday, the Weinstein Co.-distributed movie was available on Netflix for U.S. subscribers. The film also will be replayed at 8 p.m. Friday on NatGeo.
The network’s decision to air the film, its first feature premiere, comes after the recently announced plans to premiere “Killing Lincoln.” The Scott Free production of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination will arrive on the network in early 2013, with Tom Hanks on board as narrator and host of the scripted feature.
Bruno Mars ready to return as ‘Saturday Night Live’ host
Bruno Mars’ recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was more like “Saturday Night Fever”: He said he had so much fun hosting the show, he’d be happy to do it again.
“Whatever ‘SNL’ wants from me, they can always call me,” the smiling 27-year-old said in an Associated Press interview. “I don’t know who told them I can act or anything ‘cause I can’t. I don’t know what they saw. [But] whatever they need from me, they can get.”
The singer-songwriter’s Oct. 20 appearance as host and musical guest gave the NBC variety show its second-best ratings this season behind last week’s episode, hosted by comedian Louis C.K.
Mr. Mars was praised for his hilarious and silly sketches, particularly one skit where he did impersonations of other musicians as a live fill-in at Pandora when the company’s computers crashed.
“It was kind of a way for me to face my fears and just let it all hang loose, literally,” he said, laughing. “People don’t understand that they’re changing things right before the show, so you can’t memorize lines because they’re going to change it. They cut sketches and it’s an amazing operation. I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.”
The “SNL” success is giving Mr. Mars a boost as he readies the release of his sophomore album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” out Dec. 11.
On “SNL,” he debuted a new song, “Young Girls,” and performed his current single, the upbeat “Locked Out of Heaven.”
CBS’ ‘Medium,’ ‘Numb3rs’ coming to Hulu Plus
Older CBS shows like “Medium” and “Numb3rs” are coming to the $8-per-month online video service Hulu Plus.