A&E had a trio of big premieres this week, including the new series “60 Days In” and “Live PD.” The breakout winner on the network was the A&E Network special, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which premiered last night to 2.1 million total viewers. Of those viewers, 1.1 million were Adults between 25-54, making it the network’s number-one new series launched in more than two years.
The original docuseries also attracted 913,000 viewers in Adults 18-49, this according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. The series premiere also ranked among the top new unscripted launches on cable in 2016 to date, and was a big hit on social-media. “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” was the number-one trending series on Twitter in the hour, with people sharing their views of the Church of Scientology and of Remini.
If you didn’t catch the special, or are new to the series, it will continue through eight-episodes. The hour-long series follows Leah Remini, along with high level former Scientology executives and Church members, as they delve deep into shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church. The special also talks about those that have spoken publicly about their experiences, and of the backlash received from the organization. New episodes of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath air Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT.
The premiere episode of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” was the #1 original series launch on A&E since the launch of “Big Smo” back on June 11, 2014. That premiere followed the Duck Dynasty premiere, back when that was a big thing. “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman. Leah Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Alex Weresow serves as showrunner and executive producer.
The show has already caught the attention of the Church of Scientology, which has publicly denounced the accusations made within the special. The Church of Scientology even launched a small website, called “Leah Remini-Aftermath: After Money,” and offers an official statement on the series. “Leah Remini has repeatedly disparaged and exploited her former faith for profit and attention through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her reality TV show featuring a cast of admitted liars who to make a buck have been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years,” the statement reads.