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Lil Kim’s Reality Show Scores Highest Debut In Bet History

Lil’ Kim’s new reality

series Lil’ Kim: Countdown To Lockdown, which premiered March 9 on BET,

was the most-watched series debut in the

network’s 25-year history.

According to figures

released by BET, 1.9 million viewers tuned in nationwide. The series chronicles

the last 14 days of Lil’ Kim’s freedom before she entered prison on a perjury

conviction.

The Brooklyn rapper

was sentenced to 366 days in prison in July of 2005, for lying to a grand jury

about her knowledge of a shoot-out in front of Hot 97’s New York offices.

During the show,

which airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., Lil’ Kim makes her final public appearances

with cameras in tow.

"When we showed

the first episode of Lil’ Kim to test audiences, we got the highest scores

in the history of the company," said Reginald Hudlin, BET’s president of

entertainment. "So when it became the biggest series debut in the history

of the network, I wasn’t surprised."

The series was

produced by Lil’ Kim’s Queen Bee Productions and Edmonds Entertainment, which

also produced BET’s reality series College Park.

"As powerful

as the first episode is, the series finale is even better," Hudlin continued.

"I’m pleased and relieved that my first new series on BET has become a

‘must see’ for so many people. I’m grateful to Edmonds Entertainment for delivering

another great show for the network, and to the entire team at BET for fantastic

work in every department."

The next episode

is scheduled to air March 23 at 9:00 pm EST.

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