'The Bible' and 'Vikings' deliver big ratings for History
"The Bible" scored the night's biggest audience -- broadcast or cable -- with 13.1 million viewers for its two-hour premiere. "Vikings" followed with 6.2 million viewers and a healthy 2.5 million people in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Encore airings of the two shows increased their audiences to 14.8 million for "The Bible" and 8.3 million for "Vikings."
Both shows continue History's streak of ratings success, both with events (a la last year's "Hatfields & McCoys") and ongoing shows like "Pawn Stars." The cable channel had never attempted a scripted series, however, prior to "Vikings."