The agency broadcast live footage of the felines exploring a six-foot effigy of the Colonel on Facebook Live.
It’s believed around 1m viewers tuned into the spectacle, with 700,000 watching live and another 400,000 watching the recorded version.
The trailer is shown below:
Narrated by Ron Lynch (Ron of Bob’s Burgers), the footage included dangling chicken, shooting lasers, toys and distractions to keep the pack of cats occupied.
Every few minutes, viewers were given the chance to vote on what happened next: activate the Colonel’s laser eyes, toss in a yarn ball, launch treats or turn on a cat-themed TV or radio station. Several times an hour, cat facts would flash on the screen and viewers could comment with suggestions for what to name the cats.
At its peak, the live stream’s viewership hit nearly 3,000 and totaled 439,000 over the four hours. The live stream generated 17,800 comments and 5,200 shares as of press time.
The description under a video shared by KFC on its YouTube, in which it cut together the highlights of the event, told a white lie: ‘This is NOT a shameless attempt to sell fried chicken by wooing the internet with cute kittens.’
KFC also underlaid the activity with some social good, urging viewers to adopt a cat from the Heaven on Earth Society of Animals shelter, based in LA.
You can watch the four hour live stream here (if you really want to).