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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 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.