The idea for the new US television show on NBC Who Do You Think You Are? originated from a phenomenally successful show in the UK, which has traced the roots of over 50 celebrities in the last 6 years. During the last season, more than 5 million viewers tuned in to watch the UK show.
Nearly 12,000 Brits attended the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference in February 2009. Of those, 84 percent say they started researching their family history since 2004 when the show began. The show has generated a surge of family history interest in the UK and, hopefully, the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? will result in the same enthusiasm.
I'll be watching Friday night. Let's hope the show will become as popular in the US as it is in the UK