‘Underground’ Season One Sweeps Up Over 6,000,000 Viewers…Weeks Before Finale

Published: Saturday 30th Apr 2016 by David

Following in the footsteps of Toni Morrison, John Legend and the creators of WGN’s ‘Underground’ take a bold, brave and nuanced look into the human implications of African-American chattel slavery.

Now, supported by a stirring performance by ‘Empire‘s Jussie Smollet, the show’s remarkable players have learned that its first season  moved mountains on a number of fronts…long before its finale.

Good news before it returns for a second season below…

When ratings from its first six episodes are thrown together its cast and crew can boast that it has been watched 6 million times since March 9th 2016.

This figure rises to the 7,071,000 point when the 992,000 viewers who tuned into its eighth episode are thrown into the equation and leaps over the 20 million mark when streaming and video on demand units are attached.

Legend said of the show:

I think we have to confront our history. We have to understand it and how it relates to what’s happening in the world now. So when we talk about the issues of race and how we interact with each other in this country, we can’t talk about American history, we can’t talk about how this country was built, and we can’t talk about the politics of this country without understanding that so much of our history involves slavery.


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  1. Rihanna The Goat (Literally) April 30, 2016

    Damn I need to see this.

  2. King Mark111 /.\ April 30, 2016

    More than the Sony slave HBO movie. lol

  3. Pat April 30, 2016

    The story lines r everyone

  4. Ajax April 30, 2016

    Just curious. Can we have a show that has well educated, rich, strong blacks? Not ghetto, stereotypical or slaves. Sure these shows are great to depict what history was, although lets move forward as well and depict blacks in a light that is also usually reserved for the white actors. No shade just wanting more.

    • Rihanna The Goat (Literally) April 30, 2016

      You should watch the show. The characters have dimensions and it really explores what life would have been like for an enslaved person back then. I didn’t think I’d like it but got through all the episodes out so far in a day

  5. Localica AKA HOEnica BKA Monica April 30, 2016

    This Show Is EVERYTHING!!! I Tune In Faithfully Every Wednesday @10. This Show Is More Than Just Slavery, Every Point Of View Is Shown.

  6. Bam Bam April 30, 2016

    I like this show,but these last two episodes have been making me feel emotion. (and i pride myself on not having any) He aint have to do Sam like that and making James little ass go out there and pick cotton (with the music playing in the background)……

  7. Stephon Jackson April 30, 2016

    Heartbreaking but it’s reality. 🙁

  8. BCinKS April 30, 2016

    I doubt anybody tuned in just to see Jussie. I can’t even remember what role he played. But I’m glad it got renewed for a second season. WGN does period dramas (like Salem) pretty well.

  9. zeroing ivy bloper tran anti girl lemond time May 1, 2016

    Nice TV show

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