Skip to comments.Epic Ratings for ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ on History Channel
Posted on 05/29/2012 2:27:36 PM PDT by Bratch
The most spectacular success of the summer season on television may have come before summer has even started: the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys on the History Channel attracted a monster audience Monday night, 13.9 million viewers, the second largest for a cable program that did not involve sports.
By comparison, the finale this month of NBCs singing competition hit, The Voice, attracted 10.5 million viewers. Most hit shows on cable are in the range of two million to four million viewers, though The Walking Dead on AMC reached what seemed then to be an impressive nine million for its finale in March.
But that did not come close to the total Monday night for the History Channels depiction of the legendary American family feud, which stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. The viewership even dwarfed the biggest competition on the broadcast networks on Monday, NBCs Americas Got Talent, which brought in just over 10 million viewers.
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For those interested, it will be re-played tonight at 7pm EDT just prior to Part 2, which comes on at 9pm EDT.
I am eagerly awaiting part 2.
Costner *and* Paxton in one series? Sounds epic...
I meant to watch it then forgot about it.
I am no fan of Kevin Costner tho he is a good actor.
I know you said you liked it but how would you rate it critically?
No telling how many millions were spent to hype the thing.
I’m probably not one to ask about criticism.
Since I live in Kentucky, I’m naturally biased in favor of the production.
The one thing I will say....it is unceasingly grim. Hardly any humor.
Okay, FR tell me it's just me but I bet others will chime in in agreement.
HEY H&Mc, MODIFY YOUR AUDIO SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT'S BEING SAID!
Costner a good actor? He sucked in ‘Dances with Wolves’. I guess if someone is given the chance to do something often enough they will eventually get better at it. How he got his first role I’ll never understand. Is he a trust fund baby?
One of my best friends is a Kentucky Hatfield. I haven’t seen him in many years but he was an usher at our wedding. We drove a long way to attend his wedding.
His first role didn’t involve much acting. He was the dead guy in the Big Chill.
I have relatives that live in Kentucky near the West Virginia border so when they showed the Tug River Valley, I knew where it was. I swam in the Tug River before.
In front of the courthouse in Inez Kentucky they have several markers about the famous people in the history of the area Pioneers, politicians, etc). One of the famous names was a McCoy. There are plenty of Hatfields and McCoys in their phonebooks too.
Don’t get me started with “Dances With Wolves”. One of the most idiotic movies I have ever seen. One of the few I could not sit through.
As long as the character he plays is perplexed and concerned Costner is great. Like in Open Range when his character had no idea what was going on but knew it would bother him. He’s got that one expression for his face. And his face got stuck like that before Botox.
I would say that it was fairly close to what I’d read of the whole situation, and it would something that I’d recommend for a 10th grade civics class. You get a pretty good understanding of how a group of people allow some minor events to go out of control, where level heads could have stepped in....but never did, and the authorities ended up being of zero value.
As for the History Channel doing productions like this in the future....I’m all for it. And I can name off three possible productions (Lewis & Clark’s expedition, the early 1800’s rendezvous episode in Colorado, and the Battle of New Orleans).
The History Channel has had a program on the Battle of New Orleans. I think it was pretty decent on history tho I could not get used to their having a fairly fat guy portraying “Old Hickory”.
It was nothing like a mini series tho.
Costner may not be your cup of tea, but “Bull Durham” is the single best baseball movie ever.
All of his baseball movies were exceptional.
Bill Paxton probably has been in a ton of high grossing movies: True Lies, Aliens, Twister, Weird Science, on and on.
Still-—and I didn’t see this but would like to-—I am extremely skeptical about these numbers.
I’d rather watch ‘Lonesome Dove’ again with Robert DuVall. Now THERE’S a great actor although he chooses lame roles sometimes. When it comes to ‘easy to sit through’, ‘Shane’ comes to mind.
I couldn’t get into it. Too much of a guy movie.
Both actors did a convincing job. Costner, for some reason tends to be an actor I can't really stand unless he's starring in a western, and then he's great!
I didn't even realize it was Tom Berenger playing Hatfield's violent uncle until I saw his name on the IMDB entry after the film was over. Powers Boothe, as always, is great in this genre.
My only complaint is the "Romeo and Juliet" sub-plot between Roseanne McCoy and Johnes Hatfield seems a little sappy. I wonder if this was true to history or if they added it to try and appeal to younger viewers?
Looking forward to Part 2!
I’ll have to catch a repeat of it.
I suspect the cable numbers are pretty good, since they form the basis for renewal negotiations, i.e. how much the channels will get for their content from the cable/satellite/phone company. Today's digital set-top boxes probably have the capability to send information about what's being watched back to the cable/satellite/phone companies.
I liked it.
Very interesting look at the complexities of the time. One McCoy brother a union soldier, the other confederate soldier and POW. Anse Hatfield a confederate deserter and friend of McCoy. All living in close proximity. And that was all before they got to the hog that supposedly touched it all off.
I enjoyed the episode as well....but Costners bad southern accent was distracting. (Seems he has trouble with accents...ie: Robin Hood and his bad english accent)
Don’t forget Tin Cup as the best pure golf movie either (as opposed to Caddyshack being the best golf comedy) . Still watch it before every club tournament I play in...
Have you seen the IMAX production of the Lewis and Clark expedition? Extremely well done. I highly recommend it.
When TV and Movies do good stuff, people watch.
When they do leftist propaganda stuff, people don’t watch.
The formula is relatively simple.
He was pretty ruthless in 3000 miles to Graceland opposite of Kurt Russell.
I believe Paxton got his first role in Terminator. He played one the punks that confront AH-nold in the first scene of the movie.
The Roseanne Johnes IS true. Johnes actually left her later, while she was pregnant, and married her cousin Nancy McCoy.
It would be an entire History Channel season in one episode.
Maybe you'd be more in favor if you lived in Romania, which is where they actually shot it.
Actual history? I thought they didn’t know what caused the feud, much less that it was a pig. Or at least that’s what I gathered during the 30 seconds it held my attention.
Not near as much as AMC spent hyping Mad Men before it's first episode...
“Either I’m going deaf or something is seriously wrong with the sound quality or audio/mic settings used during production of this program.”
Perhaps the show is being authentic. I can barely understand anyone here much further east than Richmond.
The pig incident was the catalyst. Problems had been building between the two clans for a while.
I did notice that the Costner character (IIRC) kept referring to the pig as a razorback. However, I don’t think the pig they showed with a notch in its ear was a razorback, unless the term refers to a wider variety of swine.
Did it look like it was filmed in WVA and KY to you? I live in E T N and it lied slot more like CA. Too bad they didn’t run credits showing where it was filmed.
I'm sure you'll get a chance. After these monster ratings, History Channel will probably play it endlessly throughout the remainder of the year.
I noticed it is coming on in just a few minutes. I don’t think I will forget this time tho that is always a possibility.
BTW, all these reality shows such as Swamp People, Pawn Stars, Pickers etc. have little to nothing to do with history, not that they are all bad shows.
The first killing was Asa Harmon McCoy some 13 years before the pig incident because he fought on the union side on the civil war.
Great movie. Got it set to be taped tonight.
No wonder there were so many killings.. Everyone misunderstood what each other was saying. LOL
Thanks for the reminder! I missed last night’s and I am tuning in right now!!
I think you are dead on about the poopy “semi-whisper” audio. Too bad.
Regarding lack of humor, hey probably not much humor while barely subsisting in that part of the world following the War of Northern Aggression.
So far it looks to be sticking close to historical.
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