Susan Boyle

TV Guide Network's exclusive broadcast of I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Story became the No.1 rated special in the network's history.

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A combined 4.8 million viewers watched the broadcast and its immediate encore Sunday. That reflected record growth among the network's key demographics, and a triple-digit percentage increase among adults 25-to-54.

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The one-hour special featured a candid look at Susan Boyle's journey from a small Scottish village to worldwide fame after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent. The telecast, hosted by Piers Morgan, included performances of several songs from Boyle's chart-topping album, including "Who I Was Born to Be" and "Cry Me a River."  Boyle also sang a duet with British theater actor Elaine Paige — whom Boyle cited as an inspiration during her first Britain's Got Talent audition — and performed with the London cast of Les Miserables.

You can watch the special now on TVGuide.com or check out an encore broadcast on TV Guide Network on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8/7c and 11/10c; Friday, Dec. 18  at 8/7c, or Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7/6c.