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History Channel's surprise hit The Bible tops American Idol in ratings with 13.1 million viewers
Daily Mail ^ | 03/18/2013 | ALISON MOODIE

Posted on 03/18/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

It's the David and Goliath of television: an obscure religious miniseries has beaten television's former top show in the ratings.

The premier of the History Channel's The Bible attracted 13.1 million viewers, topping American Idol's 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday of the same week.

The ratings have confounded Hollywood's biggest decision-makers. Overt religious programming can be a notorious tough sell to the public, while American Idol has dominated television for the past eight seasons.

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Tastes are changing? History Channel's The Bible beat American Idol in the ratings last week, drawing in 13.1 million viewers
Tastes are changing? History Channel's The Bible beat American Idol in the ratings last week, drawing in 13.1 million viewers

Tastes are changing? History Channel's The Bible beat American Idol in the ratings last week, drawing in 13.1 million viewers



The about-turn is evidence again that Idol is just not the ratings juggernaut it once, while also pointing to an opportunity for networks to capitalise on the largely untapped religious genre.

Thursday's episode of American Idol sank to an all-time low 3.0 rating for its scheduled episodes, attracting a paltry 11.8 million viewers.

The ratings for television's former top show are less than half of what they were during the height of the show's success, when nearly 37 million people tuned in to watch.


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TOPICS: Current Events; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: americanidol; bibleseries; historychannel; markburnett; ratings; romadowney; thebible

1 posted on 03/18/2013 1:06:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Overt religious programming can be a notorious tough sell to the public,

I can see why the networks have trouble selling it to the public. The History Channel however has a more even handed track record. If any of the Big 3 had a religious every character would be gay pedophiles taking Zanax.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 1:16:53 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind
So far, we like the “Bible”.

Yes it is short snippets. Yes it strives to be all inclusive on the race. Yes the devil looks like Obama (doubt they meant to do that).

Still, it is a great starting point for conversation. A place to start the process, not an end.

Which is the great value of this series. It talks to the people today. The same who are only able to concentrate on things in small bites. The ones who grew up with movies like “Gladiator”, and know when you say “they sacked the city” it doesn't mean a polite outing.

It is like one of my child's "Jesus Movies" for adults. It isn't meant to be the end of the study of God, but the beginning.

3 posted on 03/18/2013 1:17:18 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe some people have reached the saturation point with mindless diversion, gaudy glitz and stupefying sameness!
4 posted on 03/18/2013 1:19:39 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: SeekAndFind

God Bless AMERICA!!

I read the book and know how it ends!


5 posted on 03/18/2013 1:22:16 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unfortunately, IDOL, is still a top-5 show isn’t it?


6 posted on 03/18/2013 1:26:43 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>The about-turn is evidence again that Idol is just not the ratings juggernaut it once, while also pointing to an opportunity for networks to capitalise on the largely untapped religious genre.

It isn’t just the religious genre. It’s the largely untapped “shows that aren’t crap” genre!


7 posted on 03/18/2013 1:28:51 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: chicagolady

>>God Bless AMERICA!!
>>I read the book and know how it ends!

Then you know that He doesn’t bless the America of child sacrifices, sexual immorality, idolatry, and the Mark of Obamacare.


8 posted on 03/18/2013 1:31:52 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind; windcliff

Makes perfect sense. After all, we are not supposed to worship idols.


9 posted on 03/18/2013 1:34:11 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: GeronL
Primetime Broadcast Adults 18-49 Viewers for the week ending March 10, 2013:
Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 Big Bang Theory, THE-03/07 CBS 5.5 6965
2 Two and a Half Men-03/07 CBS 3.9 4954
3 American Idol-WEDNESDAY-03/06 FOX 3.8 4746
4 American Idol-THURSDAY-03/07 FOX 3.6 4492
5 American Idol TUE SP-3/5-03/05 S FOX 3.5 4396
6 NCIS-03/05 CBS 3.4 4292
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-03/05 CBS 2.8 3559
8 Person Of Interest-03/07 CBS 2.8 3551
9 FOLLOWING, THE-03/04 FOX 2.8 3595
10 BACHELOR, THE-03/04 ABC 2.8 3511
11 Family Guy-03/10 FOX 2.7 3371
12 SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN-03/06 CBS 2.6 3285
13 Amazing Race 22-03/10 CBS 2.4 3037
14 GLEE-03/07 FOX 2.4 3084
15 Once Upon A Time-03/10 ABC 2.3 2874
16 BONES-03/04 FOX 2.2 2847
17 Rules of Engagement-03/04 CBS 2.2 2788
18 Biggest Loser 14-03/04 NBC 2.2 2723
19 Simpsons-03/10 FOX 2.2 2734
20 Modern Family-03/06 R ABC 2.1 2594
21 REVENGE-03/10 ABC 2.0 2540
22 Shark Tank-03/08 ABC 2.0 2508
23 MIKE & Molly-03/04 R CBS 1.8 2290
24 Apprentice 13-03/10 NBC 1.8 2219
25 CLEVELAND-SUN 8:30P-03/10 FOX 1.8 2279



TOP 25 CABLE SHOWS WEEK ENDING MARCH 10,2013.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 11458
2 BIBLE, THE HIST Sun 08:00P-10:00P 10824
3 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 10:30P-11:01P 8212
4 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 10:00P-10:30P 8158
5 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 5239
6 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4968
7 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:05P 4847
8 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 10:00P-10:31P 4814
9 Pawn Stars HIST Mon 10:31P-11:02P 4798
10 VIKINGS HIST Sun 10:00P-11:01P 4615
11 Swamp People HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4460
12 American Pickers HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4269
13 DUCK DYNASTY A&E Wed 09:30P-10:00P 4231
14 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4041
15 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4000
16 SpongeBob NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3921
17 NCIS USA Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3776
18 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:00P-10:30P 3761
19 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:30P-11:00P 3752
20 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 09:30P-10:00P 3644
21 RAMONA AND BEEZUS DSNY Sat 08:00P-09:50P 3638
22 SpongeBob NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3600
23 JESSIE DSNY Fri 08:30P-09:00P 3595
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 3547
25 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 3479

10 posted on 03/18/2013 1:36:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

seems there’s is an underlying thirst here.
Where’s the next Ronald Reagan ?


11 posted on 03/18/2013 1:37:03 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; SeekAndFind

“If any of the Big 3 had a religious every character would be gay pedophiles taking Zanax.”

“Maybe some people have reached the saturation point with mindless diversion, gaudy glitz and stupefying sameness!”

Not sure which one of you two wins the prize (if there was one), but you have nailed it!

EP


12 posted on 03/18/2013 1:45:20 PM PDT by elpinta (Jer. 10:23 - It really holds true!)
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To: SeekAndFind
How odd, not one show on either list I have ever watched.

Currently, "Justified" sums it up for the only thing other than Netflix that gets watched in our house. I add in MotoGP and NFL games when in season.

13 posted on 03/18/2013 1:51:20 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: GeronL

I have never watched Idol, ever. I must really be out of the main stream!

And who is that creature they have as a judge?


14 posted on 03/18/2013 2:28:57 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only thing that is PERFECTLY clear after watching the first few shows is why on earth do we put so much stock, faith, effort, money into supporting “leaders” of any stripe?

A strong case can be made, thanks to history, that government is a tool of the devil. As Lord Acton said; Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts absolutely.

How much evil, death and destruction do governments and their leaders have to inflict on us before we play the BS card when someone tries to scare us with the anarchy card?

It seems assured that there will always be evil people and they will do evil things but once given the power of government their evil is multiplied hundreds/thousands/millions of times.

Governments are just like fire, a helpful and needed tool when small but, a horrendous and deadly master once they become large and they ALWAYS do.

The Founders warned us but thanks to public schools, media, lawyers the brilliance of the Founders has been tarnished.


15 posted on 03/18/2013 2:34:27 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

They have several judges I think


16 posted on 03/18/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

The next obvious step is to target the advertisers: What themes do we want to influence our culture?


17 posted on 03/18/2013 2:40:26 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Hey YO, Nikki Minaj SUUUUCKKKS yo!

Yo, Mariah, you are an air head, babe, yo.

Randy Yo Jackson, stop saying yo, dude. It doesn’t make you look cool, it makes you look stupid.

All the guys sing like little pussies. What the Hell ever happened to metal..

The girls are ok, I suppose, but they mostly all sound the same.

Oh and

YO, Nikki Minaj SUCKS, YO!


18 posted on 03/18/2013 3:38:53 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Bryanw92

Sorry, I was not clear,

God Bless America 13.1 million viewers!


19 posted on 03/18/2013 4:02:44 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: SeekAndFind
He may not be the "American Idol", but He will always be mine.

FMCDH(BITS)

20 posted on 03/18/2013 4:25:08 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: SeekAndFind
I watched two SpongeBob episodes last week and my wife watches about 1 out of 3 Big Bang theory episodes. I turned DirectTV off for Lent and no one noticed for the first week so I guess it's gone for good. Shucks, I'll miss Franklin and Little Bear.
21 posted on 03/18/2013 5:34:10 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Clever.


22 posted on 03/18/2013 5:41:36 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: SeekAndFind

This shows that the gay entertainment and news mob who claim only young people matter when wracking up viewer interest for ads and that they are only interested in attentionwhore/homo/thug liberal nonsense, are fibbing.

American entertainment is seriously lacking in talent and inspiration. It’s being raped by perverts.


23 posted on 03/18/2013 7:19:09 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.


24 posted on 03/21/2013 8:01:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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