Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

‘The Bible’ airs in Australia with a huge audience, debuts at number one

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett‘s The Bible debuted in Australia this week with a huge following that gave Channel 9 top ratings for the night.

Jesus photo The Bible History ChannelDeadline detailed how the first episode of the 10-part miniseries was No. 1 during its two-hour slot with 21% of the audience and the top score amongst all key demos.

Network 9 led the night with an overall 32.5% share, but analysts are noting how Under the Dome had more viewers in certain cities: Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

The Bible‘s performance spurred Channel 9 to schedule a repeat showing for this Saturday night.

In the U.S., the mini-series ranked as the top cable entertainment telecast of the year to date and helped make History the No. 1-ranked cable network for the month of March.

Downey and Burnett are already working on a theatrical adaptation and a sequel tentatively titled AD: Beyond The Bible. The rights to the sequel have already been secured by NBC.


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