Los Angeles, CA – June 29, 2015 – The live premiere of the BET AWARDS” 2015 on Sunday, June 28, is now Cable’s #1 Award Show in 2015. BET Awards 2015 premiere night, which aired simultaneously on BET and CENTRIC, drew in nearly 12 million total viewers during the evening beginning with the BET Pre-Show (6-8 p.m. EST) with 1.9 million viewers, the BET Awards 2015 premiere (8 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. EST) had 6.5 million viewers and the BET Post-Show (11:50 p.m.-12:54 a.m. EST) brought in 3.4 million viewers. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross andAnthony Anderson, stars of the hit show “Black-ish,” the night featured electric performances and unforgettable moments including the Bad Boy anniversary reunion, The Weeknd and Alicia Keys, the cast of “Empire,” Tori Kelly, Ciara, Robin Thicke, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Jason DeRulo, Janelle Monae and many more. Janet Jackson was honored with the inaugural Ultimate Icon Award while Smokey Robinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Joyner was given this year’s Humanitarian Award.
For the third consecutive year, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, presented by Coca-Cola® in partnership with AEG, attracted thousands of visitors to the downtown Los Angeles area. “The overall attendance was 152,500 fans over the 4-day event which is a 36% increase from 2014?. The Fan Fest included a series of dynamic events including live music, Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game, Genius Talks with Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather and Erykah Badu. The BET Experience also featured electrifying concerts from A-list talent including Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Lauryn Hill and Miguel.
The live telecast of “BET AWARDS” 2015 is the #1 Most Social Cable Special this year. Additionally, last night’s #BETAWARDS 2015 became the second most Social Special on all of TV this year. #BET AWARDS was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and trended in the United States for over 8 hours! Fans were engaged on various platforms with entertainment’s hottest night including Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.