'Sunday Best' finishes fourth season with a record-breaking audience
(September 12, 2011) The finale of BET's "Sunday Best" drew the largest in
the show's four-season history, as viewers watched Amber Bullock from St.
Louis, Missouri emerge as America's choice. over Andrea Helms of Dallas,
Texas. According to the Nielsen Company, the Sunday, September 11, 8:00
P.M. ET telecast drew in 2.1 Million viewers, garnered a 1.63 rating
making it the #1 "Sunday Best" telecast in franchise history.
As BET's No.1 reality series of the season, additionally "Sunday Best"
season 4 is now the No.1 cable competition show and Sunday's No.1 cable
series among blacks in 2011. For the past four consecutive years, it has
remained the highest-rated gospel/religious program on television.
In addition to the coveted title of "Sunday Best," Amber wins a national
recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize, and a 2011 Ford
Explorer. The singing competition with gospel greats Kirk Franklin as
host, along with Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, and Pastor Donnie
McClurkin as judges, allowed viewers to vote for their favorite contestant
and ultimately decide who would be named this season's "Sunday Best."
The two-hour season finale featured stellar performances by Pastor Shirley
Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Vashawn Mitchell, Zebulon Ellis, Jessica
Reedy, Rance Allen, and Ricky Dillard. Past "Sunday Best" winners Crystal
Aikin, Y'Anna Crawley and Le'Andria Johnson also came together for a
special performance tribute to the late gospel great, Mahalia Jackson to
commemorate her 100th birthday.
For four seasons, "Sunday Best" has entertained and touched viewers during
its search for the next great gospel singer. From holding auditions all
over the U.S. and in Nigeria, West Africa, "Sunday Best" won a 2011 NAACP
Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series. "Sunday Best" is executive
produced by D'Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk
Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.
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