‘The New Edition Story’ Hits a High Note

‘The New Edition Story’ (BET)

Mr. Telephone Man!! BET’s three-part minsieries, The New Edition Story, about one of the first boybands from the ’80s, dominates the XFINITY On Demand Top 20 list. All three parts rank in our Top 5, with the premiere debuting at the lofty spot of #2, just behind NBC’s juggernaut This Is Us. The New Edition Story also drew record ratings for BET, with parts 1 and 3 of the miniseries becoming the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts in 5 years (since 2012 – The Game). The New Edition Story also reeled in 29 million total viewers during premiere week (including premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and Centric). BET is looking to keep the musical momentum going with their recent pilot order of a series based on the rapper Nas’ life.

It was also a big week for returning favorites as many season premieres found their way onto our list, including ABC’s TGIT favorite Scandal (climbing in at #6), as well as the Season 2 premiere of Syfy’s The Magicians (#11), which also pulled in its highest ratings ever for the telecast.

Don’t Miss: 24 is back, but with a whole new look. 24: Legacy had an explosive premiere after the Super Bowl and then episode 2 aired Monday night. Corey Hawkins ably steps into the shoes left by Kiefer Sutherland and the pace is even more intense. Watch the first two episodes right here.

Catch Up: No crew. No contact. No help! History’s addictive wilderness adventure series Alone concludes its memorable third season this Thursday. Binge on all past episodes right here.

Hot Series: Jude Law stars as The Young Pope, a twisty, dark, and oftentimes hilarious fictitious look at the first American Pope on HBO. Its final two episodes air next week, so catch up right now and see what everyone’s talking about right here.

This Week’s Premieres: Imposters (Bravo – Tuesday), Detroiters (Comedy – Tuesday), Legion (FX – Wednesday), The Walking Dead (AMC – Sunday), The Missing (Starz – Sunday), Girls (HBO – Sunday)

Top 20 New TV Episodes: Jan. 23 – Jan. 29

Rank

Movement

Series

Network

1

 0

This Is Us (ep 13)

NBC

2

The New Edition Story (part 1)

BET

3

The New Edition Story (part 2)

BET

4

+2

Teen Mom 2 (ep 17)

MTV

5

The New Edition Story (part 3)

BET

6

Scandal (premiere)

ABC

7

+3

Love & Hip Hop: New York (ep 11)

VH1

8

 –

The Bachelor (ep 5)

ABC

9

+2

The Mick (ep 6)

FOX

10

-8

SIX (ep 2)

History

11

The Magicians (premiere)

Syfy

12

 +3

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (ep 8)

Bravo

13

+6

Bull (ep 12)

CBS

14

 -5

Vikings (ep 19)

History

15

+5

Chicago Fire (ep 11)

NBC

16

-11

Star (ep 5)

FOX

17

Grey’s Anatomy (ep 10)

ABC

18

+5

Timeless (ep 12)

NBC

19

 +8

NCIS (ep 13)

CBS

20

-13

The Young Pope (ep 10)

HBO

*Pre-Linear episode

Top 20 TV Series: Jan. 23 – Jan. 29

Rank

Series

Network

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

The New Edition Story

BET

3

Homeland Showtime

4

Game of Thrones

HBO

5

Vikings

History, Streampix

6

The Mick

FOX

7

The Young Pope HBO

8

Shameless

Showtime

9

The Bachelor ABC

10

The Simpsons

FXX, FOX

11

Star

FOX

12

The Affair

Showtime

13

Teen Mom 2

MTV

14

Black Sails Starz

15

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

16

Taboo FX

17

Lethal Weapon

FOX

18

Victoria on Masterpiece

PBS

19

Timeless

NBC

20

SIX

History

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