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CuriosityStream draws record audience with Bigger Bang

March 19, 2020

By Chris Forrester

CuriosityStream, the global documentary and factual OTT service created by John Hendricks (who founded the Discovery Channel), has broken audience records with Secrets of the Solar System which was made by factual indie prodco Bigger Bang.

The 8-part show was the most-watched series premiere in CuriosityStream’s history, and in February was the most-watched series of the month, and the most watched series of 2020 so far.

Secrets of the Solar System, made in Ultra HD, was Bigger Bang’s third SVoD series commission from CuriosityStream, following on from the Emmy-winning Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.

Secrets of the Solar System takes a spectacular journey through the Solar System, featuring unparalleled access to the world’s space agencies, their data, images and personnel, to reveal the beauty and majesty of our local universe.  The eight episodes – starting with a Grand Tour, followed by episodes focusing on the Sun, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Asteroid Belt and Pluto and the Outer Planets – are packed with real space imagery and interviews with the actual people who carried out missions to these incredible places.

Rob Burk, Head of Content for CuriosityStream, said: “Secrets of the Solar System debuted on CuriosityStream on February 13th. We not only saw a huge peak in viewing for the premiere weekend, but viewers stayed with the series throughout.  Launching the whole series at the same time is a strategy we regularly use for our premium content and Secrets of the Solar System proved it to be a technique that our viewers love. We are thrilled with the show’s performance and the incredible feedback it has had.”

Iain Riddick, Joint MD and Creative Director, Bigger Bang, said:: “This ‘grand geographical travelogue’ covers the greatest set of journeys ever taken.  It’s a combination of visually-stunning science and important stories of how humans have changed the world through their personal endeavours. Bringing new audiences to serious subjects is what Bigger Bang is about, so we are thrilled that our series has been such a major hit with CuriosityStream audiences.”

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