HISTORY(R)'S "EVEL LIVE" SOARS AS #1 CABLE SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
3.5 million Total Viewers saw Travis Pastrana of Nitro Circus complete three dangerous feats in tribute to Evel Knievel including jumping the Caesars Palace fountain
Las Vegas, NV - July 9, 2018 - 3.5 million Total Viewers witnessed history on Sunday night as action sports superstar Travis Pastrana successfully paid tribute to Evel Knievel with three spectacular stunts during HISTORY(R)'s "Evel Live." Produced in partnership with Nitro Circus, "Evel Live" became the #1 cable special of the year with Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 (1.6 million), excluding news and sports, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Additionally, 1.2 million Adults 18-49 tuned into the three-hour live event, making it HISTORY's best premiere special among key demos since "Gettysburg" in May 2011. "Evel Live" also ranks as the #1 cable special of the year among Men 25-54 (1.0 million) and Men 18-49 (766,000).
Across social channels, "Evel Live" ranked #2 among all primetime cable shows on Sunday night with over 103,000 social interactions, according to Nielsen. HISTORY and other partner posts generated over one million engagements and 12 million video views.
During "Evel Live," American professional motorsports icon Travis Pastrana honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by completing three of his most dangerous feats live from Las Vegas, Nevada, all while riding a modern day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used. These included: breaking Knievel's record jump over 50 cars by clearing 52 cars, another record-breaking jump over 16 full size buses, and making history as the first person to successfully jump the Caesars Palace fountain on a bike similar to the one Knievel used 50 years ago. Pastrana is now the only person to successfully beat two of Knievel's distance records and land a jump over the fountain on a v-twin motorcycle in one night.
"Evel Live" officially kicked-off HISTORY's second annual Car Week, which continues all this week.
"Evel Live" is produced by Nitro Circus Media Productions. Trip Taylor and Dave Mateus are executive producers for Nitro Circus Media Productions. Zachary Behr, Sean Boyle and Mary Donahue are executive producers for HISTORY.
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About Nitro Circus:
Nitro Circus, the world's biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010, Nitro Circus Live has travelled the globe, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com and follow Nitro Circus on Instagram and Facebook.