April 01, 2013 11:49am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: History's 'The Bible' Pulls 11.7 Million Viewers With Easter Ender
History concluded its 10-part miniseries The Bible on Sunday night, pulling an average 11.7 million viewers over the course of the two-hour broadcast, up 14 percent week-over-week.
The Bible hit a ratings high with its March 3 debut, raking in 13.1 million viewers. Previous installments have hovered above the 10 million mark.
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Serving as a solid lead-in for scripted series foray Vikings, The Bible has been eclipsed in History's ratings only by last summer's Hatfields & McCoys. That mini shattered network records over the course of three days, growing to 14.3 million viewers in its final night.
In the targeted age group, The Bible finale pulled 4.6 million adults 25-54, even compared with the previous high set by the premiere episode; it also drew 3.8 million adults 18-49. Those totals are up 18 percent and 12 percent week-over-week, respectively. Among total viewers, History noted that The Bible (12.33 million) barely edged AMC's The Walking Dead (12.29 million) in the 9 p.m. hour.
The Bible was created and executive produced by Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, who also stars as the Virgin Mary.
The project drew criticism halfway through its run when some pointed out physical similarities between the actor cast to play Satan (Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni) and President Obama. History, Burnett and Downey dismissed the controversy, calling it "unfortunate that anyone made [the] false connection."