A&E's 'Live Rescue' Series Draws 1.4 Million Viewers in Debut

A&E’s new live documentary series Live Rescue garnered 1.4 million total viewers in its premiere Monday night, marking the network's best series premiere in more than two years, according to the network.

The April 22 premiere episode of the series -- a spinoff of A&E and Big Fish Entertainment's Live PD series -- also drew 665,000 viewers in the adult 25-54 demographic, making it cable's top non-fiction launch of 2019 in the demo, according to Nielsen. 

Live Rescue, which follows first responders from across the country as they respond to emergency rescue calls in real time, is A&E's most watched series launch since Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath premiered in November 2016.

Live Rescue is produced by Big Fish Entertainment, with Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, John Zito, Jordana Starr, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, and Sean Gottlieb serving as executive producers.


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