Photo Credit: BET
Photo Credit: BET

The premiere of The New Edition Story was a success. Tuesday night (Jan. 24) kicked off a successful 3-part series biography, which scored the top spot in cable ratings, according to TV By the Numbers.

The New Edition Story attracted more than the niche market audience the network usually attracts. BET and its sister company Centric, together garnered over 4.4 million viewers. The raw story of the successful boy band attributed to the network’s accredited success in TV cable ratings. Each series was set up exquisitely for the next to captivate the audience.

The break-up of New Edition left fans angry and curious for answers. The “Candy Girl” singers stormed the music industry in the 1980’s and into 1990. The group originally consisted of five members but later would add another member; Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie Devoe, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell were the original members of New Edition. In 1986, Brown was voted out and a year later the group welcomed Johnny Gill. Brown became a multi-platinum solo artist as New Edition acclaimed success with their Heart Break album, which went double-platinum.

Contrary to their achievements, the group departed and went their separate ways. The boy band group had turned men. Much happened after the break-up, including a second break-up of what was supposed to be a reunion. There were questions, concerns, and interest about what really happened. BET’s premiere of The New Edition Story was to set the record straight. Definitely set the rating records.

Written By: Plychette Montgomery


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