Beyonce’s documercial, “Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream,” attracted 1.8 million viewers to HBO for its Saturday 9 p.m. premiere, Nielsen said Tuesday. That’s the biggest audience for an HBO documentary in a decade. Beyonce co-directed the project.
For comparison’s sake, Spike Lee’s 2006 HBO docu, “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts,” premiered with an average of 1.7 million watching.
Insert sad commentary on American TV audience here.
On a less depressing note, the Season 3 finale of PBS’s “Downton Abbey” averaged 8.2 million viewers Sunday — nearly 3 million more viewers than those who watched the Season 2 finale in February of ’12.
Season 3 more than quadrupled PBS’s prime-time average during its run and exceeded the season average of the second season by 66 percent.