Skip to comments.'The Bible' Is Most Watched TV Program for Second Consecutive Week
Posted on 03/12/2013 12:49:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries once again raked in the ratings this past weekend, drawing in 10.8 million total viewers for its second episode, thus making it the most popular program in all of television on Sunday night.
Although the historical miniseries was down 18 percent in total viewership from its premiere on March 3, it still managed to attract 3.2 million adults, ages 18-49, and 3.8 million adults, ages 25-54, according to Deadline.
These high numbers made the new miniseries the most watched television program on Sunday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. According to Channel Guide Magazine, over 50 million cumulative viewers have seen some portion of "The Bible" since its premiere on March 3, whether on the History Channel or on the Lifetime channel, which also re-airs episodes.
In its season premiere two weekends ago, "The Bible" attracted over 13 million viewers, making it the most watched cable entertainment telecast of 2013, as well as the No. 1 scripted program on television.
Some critics blame the second week's drop in ratings on national Daylight Saving Time, which also occurred Sunday.
The Hollywood power couple behind the new miniseries, producer Mark Burnett of "Survivor" fame and Roma Downey of "Touched By An Angel," have attributed their profoundly successful series to God.
"The hand of God was on this. The edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life," Burnett said of the series in a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The show has also gained the attention of religious leaders as well as the tech world.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California promoted the show, saying that it is by far the best Bible movie he has ever seen.
Additionally, Lightside Games has launched a digital game carrying "The Bible" theme, which will be accessible on Facebook, iPhone, and iPad.
This past weekend's episode left off with the Prophet Nathan confronting King David on his sinful, adulterous ways as found in the second Book of Samuel.
The series' third episode, titled "Hope," will begin to cover the New Testament, as well as introduce Jesus, played by actor Diogo Morgado.
The 10-part miniseries airs on the History Channel every Sunday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. EST.
Was the Historical Samson Black?
As millions tuned in to the second part of the miniseries "The Bible" on The History Channel on Sunday night, some were intrigued by the casting choice for one of the characters.
Samson, the Ancient Near East judge known for superhuman strength and long hair, was portrayed by a black actor, leading many online to ponder aloud what Samson must have looked like. On the discussion board for Internet Movie Database entry for "The Bible," someone posted the question and got five pages worth of responses for and against the idea.
On Yahoo Answers, at least three people posted questions pertaining to Samson's race in response to the episode, with a combined amount of over 20 responses.
The Christian Post asked its Facebook fans what they thought of Samson and received over 400 comments, many addressing the question as to whether or not Samson really looked that way.
Dr. Andrew Vaughn, executive director of the American School for Oriental Research located at Boston University and an expert in the Hebrew Bible, told The Christian Post that while Samson was probably not black it is a minor issue. "Historically, the Bible describes Samson's parents as Israelites from the tribe of Dan, so it is unlikely that the historical Samson would have been so dark skinned. However, for the purposes of the mini-series, I did not find the skin color to be important," said Vaughn.
The actress who played Bathsheba was h-o-t-t.
If obama was a real black man
Where I live they are showing on PBS or some other channel as well are they considering total viewing audience.
Maybe I'm toucht on the subject but I wouldn't want to see the great British Saint to the Irish, St. Patrick played by Morgan Freeman.
And besides...that black guy in the dress with the dread locks was just palin ugly.
I was very disappointed in the way David’s adultry and his repentence were portrayed.
Rather than have David prostrate before God confessing his sin, we see him begging for the child’s life.
Personally I don’t think the Biblical diaglogue could be improved upon.
Very much to my surprise my favorite show on TV right now is Duck Dynasty. I really enjoy that show. It's kinda like “Leave it to Beaver”, only set in Louisiana in 2013. It's great.
palin ugly...that's an oxymoron. I meant PLAIN ugly.
Rick Warren, the pusher of Christlam, is pushing it, then no thanks. Warren says that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same God the muslims worship. I don’t think so.
Based on how the History Channel handled biblical themes in the past, I did not have high hopes, and did not care to watch. Was fully expecting that by the end Jesus would be marrying an alien and flying off to Japan to raise 29 kids.
Yeah man...love those guys. Great show.
RE: y, but the Left keeps ramming depraved DRECK like Glee and Modern Family down our throats.
Tell me about it.
Amazon has a new commercial out for its Kindle Paperwhite, but if you didn’t watch it all the way through you would have missed out on a great twist ending.
THIS COMMERCIAL WAS SHOWN ON PRIME TIME — AMERICAN IDOL (at least one of the more family friendly and relatively wholesome shows left on TV, but still... ).
The commercial starts off as a pretty standard Kindle ad:
Guy sitting on the beach is reading a glare-prone iPad.
Girl sitting next to guy is reading an Amazon Kindle
Guy asks girl about the Kindle
Girl tells guy all the great features of the Kindle
When they’re done talking about the Kindle, the guy makes his move on the girl and says they should go out and celebrate.
“My husband’s bringing me a drink right now,” says the girl.
Guy’s reponse: “So is mine!”
And both the guy and girl turn around to wave to their respective husbands.
Perhaps a more appropriate title would be, “The Devil Quoting Scripture.”
I urgently recommend listening to the following three radio programs addressing the many and egregious problems with the History Channel miniseries. Then stay tuned for further programs as the series continues to air - through Easter Sunday.
1. THEOLOGICAL ERRORS OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” - PT 1
2, RICK WARREN LAYS OUT THE (FALSE) THEOLOGY OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL MINISERIES, THE BIBLE
3. THEOLOGICAL ERRORS OF THE HISTORY CHANNEL’S MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” - PT 2
So the Black Irish are to have no place on your fancy TV shows!!
/s(sorry - necessary)
Not wholly inaccurate: David went through fasting and praying for his child (the phrase I remember is "maybe God will relent" [which is also found in Jonah]).
Nonetheless, you are correct the biggest part was the Prophet Nathan's confronting David resulted in a "Oh my God! What have I done!?" moment (literally and figuratively) -- Another thing that they probably didn't touch on was the differences in the King's response when confronted with sin by both David and Saul: the former was concerned with his relationship w/ God, the latter with his kingdom.