8 p.m. Competition Surrenders to Legends & Lies: The Patriots

By A.J. Katz 

The influence of Bill O’Reilly continues to deliver big numbers for Fox News, even on the original series front. Executive produced by O’Reilly, the first installment of Legends & Lies: The Patriots delivered 1,439,000 viewers, making it the most-watched cable news program on Sunday June 5. Additionally, L&L was No. 1 in the 8 p.m. timeslot in both viewers and the demo, topping both CNN and MSNBC.

The season two premiere, which chronicled the start of the American revolution with Paul Revere and Sam Adams, was up 39 percent in total viewers and up 96 percent in the demo compared to the season one premiere last year. The premiere was also up 16 percent compared to the season one average in total viewers.

Legends & Lies: The Patriots explores the founding fathers of the U.S. and the stories behind the figures that shaped the country’s early days. This season consists of 12 parts.

The series is produced by Warm Springs Productions, the shop behind Mountain Men (History), American River Renegades (Animal Planet) and Log Cabin Living (HGTV). Legends & Lies is part of FNC’s weekend prime time programming slate overseen by senior evp, Bill Shine, procured in conjunction with Vice President of Development, John Finley.