Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Roots Opens to Strong Ratings


Alex Hailey's Roots re-boot pulls in strong ratings opposite the NBA Finals...

The first installment of the 4-part Roots mini-series pulled in 8.5 million total viewers Monday night, the highest rating for a cable mini-series since Bonnie & Clyde pulled in 9.8 million viewers back in 2003.

Roots premiered on Memorial Day and aired simultaneously on the History Channel, A&E and Lifetime and two more times over the course of the night.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

all I know is T.I.'s acting is Hoooooorrrriiiiibbblle

Anonymous said...

that is b/c TI is a hood rat. He is horrible at anything he does.............. I am not sure why people keep hiring these no talent hacks.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed. Yes, the narrative of the middle passage needs to be told, but omitting the part about the "belly warmers" and the repeated rape of women (as well as men and young boys) made me mad.

Plus adding the Muslim narrative and having the actors ACTUALLY chuck spears (when we know that the Mandingo really used knives to hunt which was WAY more dangerous and bad-ass.)

All this coupled with the fact that most enslaved Africans that came to North America came from Angola and Nigeria makes me think they did NO research and had no intention of this being anything more than a BS cash-grab. It's enough that Alex Haley's work has been called into question over the years, now this monstrosity is just sh*tting all over his legacy. Hell, we can't even watch "Eyes on the Prize" on PBS anymore because the King family won't sign the releases for use of his image or likeness. It's like they want Black people to have a totally distorted and incorrect view of the little bit of historical information we were able to glean over the years...I feel like I want to cry.

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Ron said...

I wonder who watched this B. S.? This is nothing but lies and brainwashing people. It's not the truth so I won't waste my time and besides there are a ton of stories to tell about black people but you keep coming back to this bullcrap. Smh

Anonymous said...

While promoting the movie I heard a couple of actors say this was aimed at Millenials who may find the original too slow. Like most everything that is made now it lacks heart & doul

Anonymous said...

Why not just air and or televise the original series of roots from the 1970's? It paints a more realistic picture of some of the things that happened during the time of slavery. When the Alex Hailey version of roots aired on television, after the first night of the mini series airing my home town was put on a 6:00 PM curfew because people were burning down buildings and attacking people. They dare not show that version of roots for fear of what may happen.

Anonymous said...

I watched Roots and taped the basket ball game. OMG very bad choice. I didn't enjoy Roots.

Anonymous said...

Oh don't fret your pretty little heads my darlings... niggers will be in the history book in 100 years from today...know as reality t.v. stars, with bad weaves, to much makeup, silicone bodies. LOL you will go down in history.

Anonymous said...

I think that was an attempt at humor, 1:29. I think it was satire, but I wasn't feeling it. Peace.

Anonymous said...

I never watched the original Roots, not interested in the reboot.

Anonymous said...

I refuse to watch it. I have watched the original Roots from the time of Kunta to the end where Alex Haley (James Earl Jones) and I loved it. I watched the first six episodes repeatedly throughout the years. When I saw the trailer for this reboot ... I thought more like "bootleg!" I knew it would be more hypersexualized and sensationalized than the original. My ex boyfriend told me when I told him I would not watch it "well there will be special effects!" A movie starting in the 1770s needs no "special effects!" I do not think Roots needed to be retold. It is a classic and some things should be left alone. Where is the remake of Gone With the Wind (let me be quiet ... they will probably ruin that as well). I will say this ... it kinda bothered me that Ben Vereen played the bi-racial Chicken George. He played the hell out of that role, but it just didn't seem believable.

The Real Fedup said...

I'll stick to the 1970s version.

mephime2016 said...

It wasn't bad. I love chicken George's story line in this it was far more believable. Why can't ROOTS be remade? Everything else is. The original wasn't entirely factual anyway.

Lorraine said...

I am enjoying watchn Roots...yeah true, some things were changed and omitted. However, the true meat of this story is all of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and Institution of Slavery stories wrapped into one...if I wanted to see the original Roots, I would've watched that one...I can appreciate that this story still finds its way onto national airwaves...critics who are picking it apart are doing more damage than what they are saying the film itself is doing...

Lorraine said...

I am enjoying watchn Roots...yeah true, some things were changed and omitted. However, the true meat of this story is all of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and Institution of Slavery stories wrapped into one...if I wanted to see the original Roots, I would've watched that one...I can appreciate that this story still finds its way onto national airwaves...critics who are picking it apart are doing more damage than what they are saying the film itself is doing...

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