TV Ratings: 21 Million People Have Watched This Disney Channel Movie
With a rare simulcast and significant time-shifting, 'Descendants 2' is the biggest TV movie in years.
Do you have a TV? Do you have kids? If you're nestled somewhere in the intersection of that Venn diagram, odds are you've borne witness to Descendants 2 at some point over the last week.
Disney Channel's latest original movie has reached an absurd audience tally of 21 million since premiering Friday. That includes live and time-shifted views on the parent network, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies. And while that wide net certainly takes some of the steam out of that huge number, the telepic has still amassed an astounding 8.6 million viewers from its first-run Disney Channel telecast alone.
Descendants 2 easily ranks as the No. 1 cable TV telecast in two years among Disney-coveted tweens, kids 2-11 and kids 6-11. The last time any movie or series pulled near its numbers was in 2015 with the original film. Described as "an inspiring story about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains," the Descendants franchise is equal parts High School Musical and subliminal pitch for the parent company's theme parks.
The soundtrack is also performing exceptionally well, ranking as the No. 1 album on iTunes since it dropped.