Earlier this month, the History Channel premiered The Bible, a new miniseries from reality TV producer Mark Burnett. Though there wasn’t much hype leading up to its debut, the premiere grabbed a staggering 13.1 million viewers–the biggest audience of any cable broadcast this year so far.
Although the high number of viewers is slightly surprising since it wasn’t highly promoted and the show has few notable stars, TVLine.com commenters have praised the series’ non-preachy stance and gorgeous shooting styles.
The second week also did well, drawing 10.8 million viewers. The show, in scripted format, tells stories from Genesis through Revelation. The show’s website says, “featuring an international cast that includes Roma Downey, this 10-hour docudrama explores the sacred text’s most significant episodes, including Noah’s journey in the ark, the Exodus and the life of Jesus.” Each episode also re-airs on Lifetime.
Watch the trailer here (warning: the following clip contains some violence):
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