8:00am PT by Natalie Jarvey
'Roots' to Stream Exclusively on Hulu
Not even two weeks after completing its four-night television run, Roots has found a streaming home on Hulu.
The streamer has inked an exclusive deal with A+E Networks and Chute Ten Productions to acquire the streaming rights to all episodes of the eight-hour event series. It will debut on the platform this fall.
A remake of the 1977 blockbuster, Roots is a sweeping portrait of American slavery and stars newcomer Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte alongside Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Anika Noni Rose.
The ambitious series drew 5.3 million viewers when it premiered May 30 across History, A&E and Lifetime. The following three telecasts each surpassed 4 million viewers, with the series concluding June 2 with an average audience of 4.2 million viewers. The premiere was watched by a total of 14.4 million linear viewers during its first week of telecasts, and the series reached 50.6 million viewers across all telecasts during the week ending June 5, according to Nielsen.
"A+E Networks is thrilled to partner with Hulu to offer their subscribers such a strong slate of programming," said Sean Cohan, president of international and digital media at A+E Networks. "Hulu continues to thrive and innovate in the SVOD marketplace and is the perfect platform to showcase A+E's premium video content."