History’s The Bible miniseries and Vikings original series this past Sunday fell slightly off their impressive March 3 debuts, but still managed to draw strong ratings numbers.
The second of five weekly installments of the Mark Burnett-produced The Bible drew 10.8 million viewers, down from the miniseries’ 13.1 million viewer debut – cable’s second-biggest series premiere behind the 13.9 million garnered by the May 28 debut of History’s Hatfield and McCoys, according to Nielsen.
The Bible over its first two episodes -- including additional runs on History and Lifetime -- has delivered more than 50 million cumulative viewers, according to the network. Episodes three and four will debut over the next two Sundays, with the series finale bowing on Easter Sunday.
The Vikings averaged 4.6 million total viewers on Sunday, making it the most-watched cable series during the 10 p.m. hour, although its delivery fell short of the 6.2 million viewers the show garnered in its March 3 debut. The second episode finished as the most-watched show among men 25 to 54 (1.19 million), while averaging 1.9 million adults 25 to 54 and 1.7 million persons 18 to 49.