3:59pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Harley and the Davidsons' Gives Discovery a Scripted Win
With time-shifting, Discovery's already promising live numbers for Harley and the Davidsons grew to a scripted best-ever for the cable network.
Across all three nights, live-plus-three-day ratings give the motorcycle origins story an average 4.4 million viewers — 2 million of them in the network's sought-after 25-54 demographic. It stands as the highest-rated rookie Discovery effort ever among men 25-54 and its most-watched.
The Raw Television production marks a coup for Discovery's slow push into scripted, outperforming 2014 effort Klondike. It also comes as the network is prepping its first scripted series — a FBI drama about the hunt for Ted Kaczynski, better known as the "Unabomber," from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti — for 2017.
“We are really pleased that so many shared the wild ride of Harley and the Davidsons," network chief Rich Ross said Monday in a statement. "I can’t thank Raw Television and John Goldwyn enough for bringing this story roaring to life."
With its unscripted tie-in programming, Harley and the Davidsons helped deliver Discovery's highest rated Monday-Wednesday total day in nearly four years (excluding Shark Week, of course).