NEW YORK, USA — ESPN’S 10-part docuseries The Last Dance finished last Monday. According to the network, it was the most-watched documentary ever on ESPN . The series averaged 5.6 million viewers throughout its run.
“The past five Sunday nights have brought fans together providing the type of communal viewing experience traditionally reserved for live sports.”espn exec. vice president connor schell (via cnn)
ESPN aired its 10-part documentary series in April saying that they had to move up its release originally scheduled in June due to the high demand. Episodes 1 and 2 of the series averaged 6.1 million viewers, the highest record for original content broadcasts on ESPN since 2004.
The Last Dance has been in the works since 1997. Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and head coach Phil Jackson had an NBA Entertainment film crew follow the team for the season.
It features the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage from their 1997-98 season.
“The exceptional content of the series has cut through culturally and sparked conversations far beyond ESPN platforms. We are grateful to Jason and his creative team and all of our production partners on the film and look forward to seeing fans continue to engage with The Last Dance in the days and weeks ahead through the ESPN app.”ESPN EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT CONNOR SCHELL (VIA CNN)