"DALE" BREAKS RATINGS RECORDS FOR CMT AS MOST WATCHED TELECAST IN NETWORK'S HISTORY
DALE RANKS AS MOST WATCHED CABLE TELECAST FOR THE DAY
NASHVILLE � September 6, 2007 � Viewers raced to their televisions on Tuesday, September 4 for the premiere of the CMT original film DALE, making it the most watched telecast in the network's history among both the key P18-49 demo and Total Viewers (P2+). With a 1.65 P18-49 rating and more than 3.1 million Total Viewers, Dale ranked as the most watched cable telecast for the day among both P18-49 and Total Viewers.
Produced by NASCAR Images and CMT Films, DALE is the only authorized film on Dale Earnhardt. Narrated by Paul Newman, this portrait of Dale Earnhardt includes archival race footage, rare outtakes, never-before-seen family home videos and interviews with his closest friends and family, toughest competitors and most avid fans, illustrating the depth of Earnhardt's influence in the racing world and beyond. DALE was produced with the support and endorsement of Richard Childress Racing, plus the Earnhardt family, corporation, and team.
Narrated by Paul Newman, DALE is executive produced by NASCAR Images' Jay Abraham and Jim Jorden, directed by Rory Karpf and Mike Viney and written by Ryan McGee. For CMT Films, Jeff Yapp, Paul Villadolid and Lewis Bogach serve as executive producers.
Formed in 2005, CMT Films is a division of MTV Networks that uses innovative distribution methods including theatrical and television network premieres to distribute its films before premiering them on CMT and releasing for DVD sales. The first CMT Film, Toby Keith's Broken Bridges, debuted in National CineMedia theaters in September 2006, on CMT in December 2006 and on DVD January 2007. Broken Bridges went on to ship more than one million units on DVD.
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