January 24, 2020

Launch of BBC AMERICA’s Seven Worlds, One Planet Ranks Among Top Nature Premieres on U.S. Ad-Supported TV in Last Five Years

January 18 Simulcast On BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV Delivers 1.9 Million Viewers And Was #1 Most Talked About And Most Social Television Program On Premiere Day

New York, NY – The premiere of BBC AMERICA’s Seven Worlds, One Planet was a ratings success, ranking as a top 10 nature telecast on ad-supported U.S. television over the last five years and posting significant gains over last year’s tentpole nature series, Dynasties. The Australia episode of Seven Worlds, One Planet premiered with 1.9 million total viewers and 652,000 adults 25-54 across its four-network simulcast on BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV in Nielsen live+3 ratings. The premiere was up 25 percent over the Dynasties premiere (also a four-network simulcast) in total viewers and 32 percent in adults 25-54. Over the first three days since premiere, Seven Worlds, One Planet is also tracking 50 percent higher than Dynasties on digital platforms.

Seven Worlds, One Planet was the #1 show in social engagement and the most talked about show across social platforms on premiere day, sparking more conversation than DynastiesBlue Planet II and even Planet Earth II. It now ranks as the most talked about natural history premiere in BBC AMERICA history. The series continues on Saturday, January 25, with an episode focused on the stunning and surprising story of North America.

“We’re privileged at AMC Networks to be the home for these world class annual nature series events.  The shows are transcendent and as relevant as it gets,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “This premiere sparked significant conversation, and contributions to support the catastrophic wildfires in Australia.  We sincerely thank our engaged viewers and we are beyond proud to be in partnership with the BBC and their brilliant producers.”

The Australia episode was filmed before the fires began. Filming locations and species featured in the episode include Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Dingo, Wombat, Jottus Jumping Spider in New South Wales; Tasmanian Devil in Tasmania; Cassowary and Budgerigar in Queensland; Red Flying Fox, Perentie and Thorny Devil in Northern Territory and more. The full episode is available (with no login required) to watch here. In response to the widespread devastation caused by the fires in Australia, the episode includes information for viewers interested in supporting ongoing relief efforts at

Seven Worlds, One Planet tells the story of earth’s seven continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behavior and biodiversity we see today. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series reveals how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. The series is produced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Upcoming Episode Schedule

  • North America – Saturday, January 25 at 9/8c
  • South America – Saturday, February 1 at 9/8c
  • Asia – Saturday, February 8 at 9/8c
  • Europe – Saturday, February 15 at 9/8c
  • Antarctica – Saturday, February 22 at 9/8c
  • Africa – Saturday, February 29 at 9/8c

BBC AMERICA recently announced the renewal of its partnership with the BBC to co-produce the next installments of the two most iconic natural history series ever – Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II as part of a broader deal that cements BBC AMERICA as the U.S. home of the BBC’s biggest natural history content over the next five years. BBC AMERICA transforms every Saturday into micro-net Wonderstruck, which is exclusive U.S. television home to the Planet Earth collection and other iconic series from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.


BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Peabody Award-winning series Killing Eve starring Golden Globe® and SAG® Award-winner Sandra Oh and BAFTA Award-winner Jodie Comer. The network is the definitive home and co-producer of the most iconic natural history programming including Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Dynasties, the upcoming Sir David Attenborough-narrated series Seven Worlds, One Planet and the return of the Emmy®-winning series Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III. A joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios (the commercial arm of the BBC), BBCA’s influential shows such as Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Luther and Broadchurch, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, TCA Awards, NAACP Image Awards, an IDA Documentary Award, a Gotham Award and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Its unscripted slate includes the iconic car show Top Gear, buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show and the world’s biggest darts championships. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and Find out more by visiting

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