The Kennedys were certainly a boon to Reelz. The world premiere of the miniseries on Sunday averaged 1.9 million viewers 1.3 million viewers and then another 600,000 for an encore telecast– a record for the basic cable channel that reaches 60 million homes.

“Viewers across America showed their ongoing fascination with the Kennedy family and, specifically, their desire to see such a star-studded cast in the highly-anticipated ‘The Kennedys’,” said Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard in a statement. “In acquiring The Kennedy’ our aim was to give viewers an opportunity to watch an incredible movie event with massive star power and to also put a spotlight on our network like never before.”

Reelz will repeat the first two hours on The Kennedys tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Episode 3 titled “Bay of Pigs” will air tomorrow followed by a new episode every weeknight at 8pm ET/PT through Friday.