BET's `106 & Park' Specials Draw 2.6 Million Viewers

BET's music countdown show 106 & Park celebrated its 10th anniversary on air with two specials that drew a combined 2.5 million viewers.

The Oct. 5 prime-time retrospective special 106 & Park: 10 Years & Counting, drew 1.4 million viewers, while an Oct. 6 special edition of the daily series, titled 106 & Park: The Celebration, 10 Years Live, was viewed by 1.1 million watchers, according to the network

Celebration, which featured special appearances and performances by Ashanti, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson, Ray J., Nelly, Jim Jones, Plies, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, Trey Songz and Tristan Wilds, posted the highest rating for a 106 & Park episode so far this year, according to BET.

Overall, 106 & Park ranks as the top music variety show on cable for the past 13 consecutive quarters among Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.