National Geo’s ‘Girl with Eight Limbs’ Attracts 5.2 Million Viewers


National Geographic Channel’s one-hour premiere of The Girl with Eight Limbson Sunday night averaged a 1.65 rating, making it the network’s second-highest one-hour premiere and sixth-highest overall premiere, officials said Tuesday. 

Over two airings, at 9 p.m. and midnight ET, The Girl with Eight Limbs reached a combined 3.5 million households, 5.2 million viewers and 2.6 million adults 25 to 54.  The 9 p.m. premiere reached 2.3 million homes, 3.3 million viewers and 1.5 million adults 25 to 54. 

National Geographic placed sixth among all ad-supported cable networks for adults 25 to 54 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET and 13th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

Narrated by Sela Ward, The Girl with Eight Limbsfollows the epic emotional journey of Lakshmi—a girl with four arms and four legs born in one of India’s most remote villages. To some, she’s a Hindu goddess incarnate; but to doctors, she’s a toddler with a life-threatening physical abnormality.

With exclusive access to her family, her doctor and the rare medical procedure to remove her extra limbs never before performed in India, Lakshmi’s intimate story unfolds, unseen by news cameras.

The special will encore Sunday at 8 p.m.