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9/11 Special Nets History 5.2 million Viewers

History’s Sept. 11 special revisiting the 2001 U.S. terrorist attacks, 102 Minutes That Changed America, drew 5.2 million viewers.

The commercial-free, special, which weaves without narration amateur and professional footage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, generated a 3.8 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research data. Both numbers were second only to History’s Jan. 21 special, Life After People, which earned a 3.9 rating/5.4 million viewers.

In History’s target 25 to 54 demo, the special drew a channel record 2.9 million viewers, according to network officials.

Due to overwhelming response from viewers, History on Sunday (Sept. 14) will repeat 109 Minutes That Changed America, along with a I-Witness  To 9/11, an 18-minute documentary short featuring interviews with some of the people who contributed their 9/11 footage to the project, according to History.

“We are proud and overwhelmed with the reaction to the special,” said History executive vice president and general manager Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. “At History, we believe it is our responsibility as archivists of history to create a lasting document, one that can be used in ten, twenty or fifty years to communicate what it was like to live through the morning of 9/11.”