“Killing Kennedy,” the National Geographic Channel original movie, set record viewership for the channel with its Sunday night premiere. According to preliminary estimates from Nielsen, “Killing Kennedy” averaged 3.4 million viewers from 8 to p.m., a slight increase over the 3.35 million that tuned in for the net’s “Killing Lincoln” in February.
The movie comes from Scott Free Productions. It starred Rob Lowe, Ginnfer Goodwin, Will Rothhaar, and Michelle Trachtenberg. was based on the book “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The hashtag #killingkennedy also trended worldwide Sunday night on Twitter, becoming the No. 1-trending topic in the U.S., and across both Trendrr and Social Guide.
In “Killing Kennedy” the story narrate the events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as well as the event’s aftermath. Authors, O’Reilly and Dugard, also focus on the element of the growing Cold War, Kennedy’s attempt to deal with the rise of Communism, and the potential threat from organized crime.
“Killing Kennedy demonstrated once again that our constant efforts to expand the type of programming National Geographic Channel presents is paying off,” said NGC President Howard Owens.
NGC will air encores of the movie Friday night at 8 and 10.