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Book of Negroes tops ratings for its time slot

The Book of Negreos, a TV adaptation based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning book, topped Canada's primetime raitings Wedensday.

1.7 million viewers tune in to adaption of Lawrence Hill's book

Actors Aunjanue Ellis (left) and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in a scene from The Book of Negroes. (Joe Alblas/Conquering Lion Pictures/Out of Africa Pictures/CBC)

The Book of Negroes, a TV adaptation based on Lawrence Hill's award-winning book, topped Canada's prime time raitings Wednesday. 

About 1.7 million Canadians tuned in to watch the series premiere, making it the number one show in its time slot — beating out the People's Choice Awards. 

Canadian author Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel, The Book of Negroes, left, was retitled for publication in the U.S. ((Harper Collins Canada))

The series tells the story of Aminata Diallo, a young West African girl taken from her home and sold into slavery in America. Years later she recounts her tale as the story focuses on abolitionists, the eventual outlawing of the slave trade and the journey some former slaves took back to West Africa.

#BookofNegroes also took social media by storm for two hours across the country's time zones. 

The Book of Negroes airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on CBC and  runs until Feb. 11. You can watch episode one here

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