CrossMap: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s 'The Bible' Mini-Series Goes Out With 12.3M Viewers, Makes History Channel As Top Cable Network

April 3rd, 2013

‘The Bible’ Mini-Series Goes Out With 12.3M Viewers, Makes History Channel As Top Cable Network

By David Jenkins – Crossmap On April 3, 2013

“The Bible” mini-series ended on Easter Sunday, March 31, with an increase in viewers. The 5-part show attracted 12.3 million viewers on its finale episode, a 14% increase from the previous week.

“The Bible” mini-series success ended in History Channel becoming the top cable network. Ratings for the series premiere on March 3 were high with over 13 million viewers. “The Bible” remained around the 10M mark during most weeks, the ratings spiked again during the finale episode with 11.7M and 12.3M during the last hour of the program.

The Christian Post reports that 3.8M viewers on Sunday were adults between the ages 18-49 and 4.6M were between the ages 25-54, according to Nielsen ratings.

“The Bible” has lead to another bible-based TV mini-series called “Jesus of Nazareth.” Due to the success of the series created by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, ” other producers hope to capitalize on the high interest on faith-based media.

“We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” Michael Landon Jr., co-producer/writer of the upcoming series: “Jesus of Nazareth.” Brian Bird and Brad Krevoy are also co-producing and co-writing the film.

“The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible just underscores that,” Landon continued to say.

The producers for the Jesus series are currently negotiating for network deals.


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