CNN has strong ratings with 'Black in America'

Documentary's finale earned 2.6 million viewers

NEW YORK -- CNN saw strong ratings late last week from its two-part documentary, "Black in America."

Thursday night's two-hour finale averaged 2.6 million viewers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Nielsen Media Research said Friday. CNN came out ahead of its competition in the 9-11 p.m. block and scored the second-highest-rated program in all of cable for the night among adults 25-54. It averaged 1.2 million viewers ages 25-54 and 1.2 million viewers ages 18-49.

The two-part, four-hour documentary -- "The Black Woman and Family" and "The Black Man" -- were reported by CNN's Soledad O'Brien and was executive produced by Mark Nelson.

It was also improved upon Wednesday's edition, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Almost half (900,000) were in the adults 18-49 demographic and 966,000 were among adults 25-54.