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“Roots” Remake Pulls Big Ratings for History


L-R: Forest Whitaker as Fiddler and Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in “Roots”; Steve Dietl/HISTORY(NEW YORK) — History’s Roots remake was a big hit.

The network says the premiere episode of the miniseries was watched by 14.4 million people over the course of its premiere week last week, taking into account time-shifting viewings via methods like DVR.

Roots starred Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, with Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  It wrapped up its four-night run last Thursday on the History channel and its associated networks. 

June 7, Warner Bros. Home Video will release a special commemorative Blu-ray/Digital HD version of the original Roots, which aired in 1977 on ABC.

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