Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, George Christie’s cute tell all, attracted 1.384 million viewers Tuesday night according to the global information and measurement company Nielsen Holdings N.V.
That is significantly less than established, competing cable shows in the same time slot like American Dad on Adult Swim which had about 2.049 million viewers and House Hunters Off the Grid on HGTV which had 1.772 million viewers. Christie’s show lagged only slightly behind Storage Wars on A&E which scored 1,594 million viewers and Ink Master on Spike which had an audience of 1.481 million. Outlaw Chronicles trounced Chopped on the Food Network which attracted 1.274 million and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rerun on the National Action Network which could only attract 999,000.
Tuesday’s episode also featured outlaw biker authorities Jay Dobyns and Julian Sher and largely concerned Christie’s “solemn oath” to his club.
The History Channel which is cablecasting the show, promoted the premiere episode as: “Former Hells Angels’ President George Christie, the man some call ‘the last American outlaw,’ reveals the secret set of rules that govern admission and conduct in the Hells Angels. From the tests and humiliations a potential member must go through, to the strategies for avoiding the law, to the punishments meted out to anyone who betrays his brothers, Christie unwraps the untold saga of the most notorious American legends.”
A disclaimer at the beginning of the episode read: “This program recalls past events and behaviors as recalled by George Christie and other featured individuals. The content of this program reflects only the views and experiences of those individuals as they relate to the people and events described, and not the views of the network or producers. No one has broken the club’s code of silence until now. This is George Christie, the man some have called The Last American Outlaw.”
The Last American Outlaw was the title of a documentary film by the British film maker Nick Mead. Mead canned the film after working on it for more than two years when he began to doubt Christie’s credibility. Christie threatened to sue Mead but hasn’t so far. Mead said recently that he is still considering a lawsuit against Christie for fraud.
Christie was expelled from the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 2011 and faced racketeering charges that same year that could have put him in prison for the rest of his life. He agreed to a still sealed plea deal January 2013 and wasn’t sentenced until about six months later. He eventually served seven months in a federal prison and three months in a halfway house in Los Angeles.
In an interview last week with the Ventura County Star Christie told reporter Wendy Leung that he “is now a victim of character assassination.”
Yesterday Ralph “Sonny” Barger, who is widely regarded as the founder and driving force behind the Hells Angels, wrote on his Facebook page: “To All My Supporters who watched Outlaw Chronicles last night, I hope you realize that the person who the TV show features…is NO LONGER in our Club. He has been OUT BAD for years. No active member in our Club WOULD EVER do a show like that.”