The History Channel’s new mini-series, aptly titled ‘The Bible,‘ blew away the regular network television shows, including Sunday night top dog ‘60 Minutes.’ As TheBlaze reports, the show pulled in 13.1 million viewers on its first night, making it the biggest cable entertainment telecast of the year thus far.
Broadcast network competitors in the 8-10 p.m. slot were not even close to the Mark Burnett-produced series, with runner-up ‘60 Minutes‘ drawing 11.95 million viewers. ‘The Amazing Race‘ — another Burnett show — nabbed 9.12 million viewers and only 5.08 million people tuned in to watch Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’
The Bible was also the number one trending topic on Twitter in advance of the show, and the mega-hit opening episode resulted in the highest traffic ever on History.com.
More episodes of the show will air Sunday nights through Easter on March 31.