Looks like freedom is a winning concept. The slavery drama Underground starring Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett Bell as part of a group of runaway slaves in the 1800’s, has earned WGN America its highest ratings ever for an original drama.
The 10 PM airing drew 1.4M total viewers to rank No. 5 among all scripted series premieres on cable this broadcast TV season. The premiere’s 585K adults 25-54 ranks No. 7 in the TV season that started last September.
Picked up for a full 10-episode first season in February 2015, the TV project from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios focuses on a group of slaves at a Georgia plantation who begin a 600 mile pre-Civil War trek to freedom via the Underground Railroad. It was the second highest trending topic on Twitter Wednesday night, behind only the Democratic debate on CNN and Univision, starring Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.