The two-part film attracted numbers rarely seen for documentaries on the premium cable channel.
HBO's documentary Leaving Neverland delivered a sizable audience over its two nights, with the first installment drawing one of the biggest tune-ins for an HBO doc in the past decade. The four-hour film, directed by Dan Reed, features two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, detailing a litany of sexual abuse allegations against late music icon Michael Jackson. (Jackson's estate and surviving family members have denied the allegations.)
The doc is the subject of a $100 million lawsuit against HBO filed by Jackson's estate, claiming Leaving Neverland violates a non-disparagement clause in the contract for a 1992 Jackson concert film that aired on the pay cabler. Part one of Leaving Neverland averaged 1.29 million viewers for its first airing on Sunday night, the third-largest audience for an HBO documentary this decade behind Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (1.7 million) and Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (1.6 million).
Monday night's conclusion brought in 927,000 viewers, giving the entire film an average of about 1.11 million viewers. The two-day average is also in the upper reaches for HBO documentaries in recent years.