History's 'Vikings' pillages Sunday night ratings, clocks in behind 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Bible'

The History Channel is having a very good week. The network found success with the premiere of its ten-part miniseries 'The Bible' on Sunday night, which nabbed 13.1 million viewers. But it was 'Vikings' that was the real success of the night, it appears. According to a press release for the network, the series premiere of the network's new original program nabbed over 18 million viewers. 

That's a major success for the network's first ever scripted series. 

The total of 18 million viewers comes from the network's two telecasts of the premiere, which first aired at 10/9c. The press release notes that the two showings nabbed a total of 8.3 million total viewers, but the network didn't state where the rest of that hefty 18 million came from.

6.2 million viewers tuned in live to the episode's first showing at 10/9c. 

Vikings' good showing still didn't manage to defeat 'The Bible,' which even beat AMC's juggernaut The Walking Dead in terms of total viewers. The Walking Dead still handily won the night in the advertiser-focused demographic of adults 18-49. 

Did you tune into Vikings? What did you think? Will you watch again? 

The next episode of Vikings, "Wrath of the Northmen," airs Sunday at 10/9c on History Channel.


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Written by: mcpherson
Mar 5th, 2013, 12:26 pm

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Message Posted On Mar 17th, 2013, 1:30 pm
Great show can't wait for the next episode.

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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 9:15 pm

Funny to compare the ratings for The Bible and The Walking Dead - two shows based on books that feature zombies. Just thought I'd point that out.


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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 2:45 pm

Aye, it was quite good. And some impressive ratings indeed.

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