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Beyonce’s Documentary Receives Highest Ratings For HBO


For Beyonce, life is but a dream, but for HBO her documentary is a ratings haven. The star’s documentary “Life Is But A Dream” along with her one-on-one with Oprah brought in a record breaking number of viewers.

On Saturday night, more than 1.3 million people tuned in tow watch Beyonce’s interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter”, in which she opened up to Oprah about her relationship with Jay Z. She talked about their early days of courtship and how he is her foundation. “Her spirit is just like ours,” said Oprah. “She hurts and she longs to do the right thing. My favorite moment is when she says ‘I’m done with trying to be cool, I’m just going to be honest.’ I love that.”

The HBO special, “Life Is but a Dream” pulled in 1.8 million viewers, making it the largest audience for an HBO documentary since Nielsen amended its method of measuring ratings in 2004, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Spike Lee’s 2006 documentary is a close second with 1.7 million viewers. Beyonce’s documentary has become the most watched documentary in nearly ten years for HBO and also beat out it’s popular television series “Girls”, which airs on Sunday nights, with nearly three times the number of viewers.

“Life Is but a Dream” was co-directed, executive produced, and written by Beyonce, and features intimate moments with the star and her family. She also shares videos with husband Jay Z and includes a rare appearance by her one-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. “The film is about a woman and all of the challenges that we all go through,” Beyonce told MTV News.

The singer, who is relatively quiet about her personal life, revealed details about her relationship with her father, the music industry, and the pain of miscarrying her first child. “I’m going to give you all I’ve got,” said Beyonce to a crowd of screaming fans in the documentary. And that she did.


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