WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Geographic Channel’s Sunday night premiere of KILLING LINCOLN – the network’s first original factual drama – set stellar ratings at 2.6 HH – tied for the second highest HH in network history – and a 1.1 P25–54 on Sunday, February 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

KILLING LINCOLN also averaged 3.4 million persons 2+ over the entire two-hour premiere, the highest total viewership in NGC’s history.

The film, hailed by critics as “fascinating,” “heart-pounding” and “constantly illuminating,” was narrated on camera by Oscar®-winning actor Tom Hanks, with Billy Campbell (“The Killing,” “Once and Again”) as Lincoln and Jesse Johnson in a breakthrough performance as John Wilkes Booth.

Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions, the film adapts Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book into a two-hour global television event. Additional cast includes Geraldine Hughes as Mary Todd Lincoln, Graham Beckel as Edwin Stanton, who served as secretary of war under the Lincoln administration, and Shawn Pyfrom as Private John W. Nichols. Shot on location in and around Richmond, Va., Killing Lincoln is directed by director Adrian Moat (“Gettysburg”), written by Emmy Award-winning writer/executive producer Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”) and produced by Mark Herzog’s Herzog & Co. (“Gettysburg”).