The National Geographic Channel had telecast a television premiere of the first movie about the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
This already caused a stir when it was announced in October that it would screen on the American channel two days before the US presidential election.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, was among the backers of the 90-minute action thriller.
“If this film had been in theaters this weekend, it very likely could have been the number-one movie in America,” the channel’s president Howard Owens said in a statement.
It had pulled ver 2.7 million viewers.
Bin Laden, the late al Qaeda leader, ordered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. His May 2011 death when US Navy SEALs raided his hideout in Pakistan was a defining moment of Obama’s first term in the White House.