TLC RINGS IN 2017 AS #1 CABLE NETWORK ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH WOMEN
-- MY 600LB LIFE #1 with Women Grabs 1.8M P2+ Viewers and TYLER PERRY'S TOO CLOSE TO HOME Season Debuts with Most Watched & Highest Rated Episode Ever --
(Los Angeles, CA) - TLC ushered in 2017 with record ratings for its January 4th Wednesday night lineup ranking as #1 cable network in prime among all women (W25-54/18-49/18-34). The season debut of MY 600LB LIFE was #1 in its 8-10pm time period with all key women demos and averaged 1.8M P2+ viewers. In addition, the season premiere of TYLER PERRY'S TOO CLOSE TO HOME marked its most watched and highest rated episode ever with 1.5M P2+ viewers. The night was TLC's most watched and highest rated Wednesday night in over three years with P2+, W25-54 & W18-49.
Also, MY 600LB LIFE earned its highest rated season premiere ever among P2+, W25-54 & W18-49 including a 1.5 W25-54 rating and TYLER PERRY'S TOO CLOSE TO HOME season debut earned its most watched and highest rated episode ever among with P2+, W25-54, W18-49, W18-34 including a 1.1 W25-54 rating.
"We're thrilled TLC's 4Q momentum continues in the new year with record ratings for our all original Wednesday night lineup," said Nancy Daniels, President and General Manager TLC. "We're super serving our audience with a newly expanded 2-hour MY 600LB LIFE, and continuing to build TLC's presence in the scripted genre with the genius of Tyler Perry's soapy scripted drama, TOO CLOSE TO HOME."
MY 600-LB LIFE tells powerful stories of morbidly obese individuals as they make the courageous decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Following the life-saving but traumatic experience of surgery, the ups and downs of struggling with addiction and dependence and the inevitable impact that change has on personal relationships; stories this season include Tracey, a 44 year-old woman plagued with an extreme disfiguring of her legs that's transformed them into weighing over 150-lbs each; James, 800-lbs, who has become entirely bed-bound after once being an avid outdoorsman and active father; brothers Steven, 34 years-old and 787-lbs, and Justin, 27 years-old and 540-lbs, who started to gain weight when their parents divorced. The new season of MY 600-LB LIFE airs Wednesday, at 8/7c, on TLC.
TOO CLOSE TO HOME, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, continues to follow the story of Anna, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her affair with the President of the United States is broadcast worldwide forcing her to return to her modest trailer park beginnings in Happy, Alabama. Yet trouble seems to find her wherever she goes -- even her solid relationship with her sister Bonnie is threatened by her poor decisions. This season, more characters are uncovered living in the small neighborhood of trailers and more secrets are uncovered as the tight knit community is met with an unspeakable tragedy that threatens the well-being of everyone living there. New episodes of TOO CLOSE TO HOME air on TLC on Wednesdays, at 10/9c.
Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, and develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market. TPS' most recent studio lot was situated on a 200,000 square foot former Delta Airlines campus of over 60 acres in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta. During the course of its operation, the space was home to production of 10 films and over 700 episodes of Mr. Perry's five television series. In 2015 TPS announced plans to expand operations with the acquisition of Fort McPherson, a former army base, which sits on over 330 acres minutes from downtown Atlanta. Mr. Perry and the studio's 400 Atlanta-based employees will remain in production of Perry's five current television series, including Perry's new TLC series Too Close to Home, in addition to providing state of the art facilities and services to major feature films and television shows filming in Atlanta. Production is already underway at the new studio and construction will be fully completed by Fall 2017.
Offering remarkable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life's milestone moments. TLC ended 2016 strong ranked as the #6 Female ad-supported Cable network in prime with W25-54; a top 10 network for the 10th year in a row. TLC is a global brand available in more than 91 million homes in the US and 325 million households in 220 countries and territories. Viewers can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through TLCgo - the network's TVE offering featuring live and on demand access to complete seasons. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and engage superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands.