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National Geographic Channel, with Weinstein Promo Smarts, Scores Ratings Blitz with 'SEAL Team Six'

Chalk up another Harvey Weinstein controversary for effectively turning low-budget fictional programmer "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" into a pre-election ratings bonanza Sunday night for National Geographic Channel. Even with mixed reviews, the story behind the raid that took down al-Qaeda’s leader is its top-rated show of 2012, pulling 4.7 million viewers, and the sixth highest-rated in NGC history. It encores on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Our interview with director John Stockwell is here.) Ratings averaged a 1.4 in the 25–54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  This ranks as the highest rated telecast on NGC since the premiere of "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview" in August 2011, and eclipses the previous two-hour special record for 2012 of "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron," which had a .9 P 25–54 rating in April. “What National Geographic Channel, CEO David Lyle and President Howard Owens did was offer a captivating film of recent American history to as many homes as possible,” said Weinstein. “We expect SEAL Team Six to be a perennial for the National Geographic Channel and hope more people watch it this Friday.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 6:03 PM
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'SEAL Team Six' Director John Stockwell Talks Fact and Fiction, Harvey Weinstein, 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Rushing out the fast-and-dirty TV movie of a big news story before the Hollywood class-act hits is nothing new. It's just odd that Harvey Weinstein got into the act with fiction film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden." This is hardly Oscar or even Emmy fare. What exactly motivated the movie mogul to jump into this low-budget run-and-gun TV movie at last year's Cannes?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 6:58 PM
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National Geographic Increases Security as Upcoming 'SEAL Team Six' Release Fuels Threats

The National Geographic Channel has had to dramatically increase security at its Washington headquarters in the wake of an influx of threats over its upcoming film "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden." The threats are reportedly coming from Muslim extremist groups.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2012 1:43 PM
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