The melting-pot DNA theme appears to have resonated well with viewers. The first season of “FYR” averaged 2.5 million viewers, 29 percent higher than the average prime-time PBS show and 50 percent higher among black viewers. The two most-watched episodes featured Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., and Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleeza Rice and Ruth Simmons. An estimated 16.6 million people tuned in to at least one episode.
Guest selection and genealogical research for the show’s second season are underway. “We’ll be using the newest developments in ancestry tracing through DNA as well, so expect some exciting results,” Gates says.
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