New York, NY – March 3, 2015 – Fuse, the national television network dedicated to music, today announced that the third season premiere of its half-hour docu-series, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, ranked as the #1 season premiere of all time for the network. The season three premiere broke its own ratings records delivering 300,000 Total Viewers and posting double-digit gains among Total Viewer delivery (+41 percent), P18-34 delivery (+23 percent) and Household ratings (+38%) compared to its second season premiere - based on Nielsen Live+3 for the season premiere that aired February 25 at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on Fuse.
Season three record breaking premiere continues the stellar ratings growth and follows the record-breaking season two premiere for the series. Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce premiered its second season on June 11, 2014 and more than tripled viewership among P18-34 viewers (+223 percent) while growing its audience among Total Viewers (+68 percent), compared with the October 2, 2013 season one premiere. The ratings growth continued throughout the second season with substantial growth from season one, averaging +74 percent more Total Viewers and +192 percent more P18-34 viewers
Source: Nielsen, Live+3, premiere/new episodes from Season 2 (6/11-7/30/14) and Season 1 (10/02-11/20/13.)
Winner of the 2014 GLAAD Media Award and nominated for 2015 GLAAD Media Award, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce gives an unfiltered, all access look into the professional and personal journey of the New Orleans native. Season 3, finds Big Freedia setting off on his biggest tour yet, and each stop brings a new challenge. After dealing with the loss of his mother and working his way to the top, Freedia must translate his newfound fame into a successful career at the same time his personal life is heading towards uncharted territory. The queen diva, who has twerked his way into viewers’ hearts, has established himself as the mainstream Queen of Bounce. More fame means more drama and Freedia’s heart is on the line as the road takes a toll on him emotionally and physically.
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Chris McKim and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder (RuPaul's Drag Race, Million Dollar Listing, Life with La Toya).
A memoir entitled “Big Freedia: God Save The Queen Diva!” is set for release July 7 and the artist begins a new slate of U.S. and international tour dates beginning March 6 in San Francisco and ending May 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fuse (www.fuse.tv), the national television network dedicated to music, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, news, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks – all rooted in the music experience. Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 18-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand, in HD and via mobile technologies.
About World of Wonder
Innovative production company World of Wonder is behind such entertaining hit series as RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), #CandidlyNicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), Life With La Toya (OWN), and Island Hunters (HGTV). RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo) won the 2014 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. Big Freedia (Fuse) won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and Million Dollar Listing NY (Bravo) was a 2014 Emmy® Award nominee for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and Party Monster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. Their most recent feature I Am Britney Jean (E!) offers an intimate look at Britney Spears' journey into residency in Las Vegas. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/. Randy and Fenton will be honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community.
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