TV Ratings: History's 'Houdini' Miniseries Opens to 3.7 Million

Houdini Still Adrien Brody - H 2014
Colin Hutton

Houdini Still Adrien Brody - H 2014

History's Harry Houdini miniseries started off on a decent note.

Houdini, starring Adrien Brody as the illusionist, opened its two-night premiere on Labor Day with 3.7 million viewers at 9 p.m., making it cable's top miniseries debut of the year.

That showing is a far cry from Emmy-winning Hatfields & McCoys, which opened to a monster 13.9 million viewers in 2012, or Bonnie & Clyde, the 2013 two-night miniseries that started off with 9.8 million.

Houdini, which chronicles the magician's rise to prominence and is based on the 1976 book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait, averaged 1.2 million among adults 18-49 and 1.5 million in 25-54. Also going up against Houdini in the time period on Monday was Lifetime's younger-skewing Saved by the Bell movie.

Joining Brody in the cast are Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods) as Bess Houdini and Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Book of Eli) as Jim Collins, Harry's assistant and confidant.

Lionsgate and A+E Studios co-produce Houdini, with Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori executive producing. Nicholas Meyer penned the script, with Uli Edel directing.

Houdini wraps up 9 p.m. Tuesday on History.

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