History Channel's 'Bible' Gets Heavenly Ratings

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett discuss the script for
"The Bible" miniseries.


By now, you’ve heard about the 10-hour “miniseries” called The Bible which is currently airing on the History Channel. What you may not know is that it is a hit!

Cleveland.com reported this week that the show debuted with great ratings for the network. The premiere attracted 13.1 million viewers with a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, which doesn't seem high, but it still beat out the competition on the broadcast networks.

The Bible has been created by producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. Burnett is famous for creating reality shows, (Survivor, The Apprentice and So You Think You’re Smarter than a 5th Grader), and Downey is an actress best known for her work with the CBS TV show, Touched by an Angel. “We feel this is the most important project we have ever undertaken,” says Mark and Roma.“Regardless of one’s belief system, no book has impacted humankind more than the Bible. Its influence on politics, culture, literature, art, music, philanthropy and education is unequaled.” (The couple shares their heart for the project on the video shown below.)

This ambitious project tackles the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, telling the familiar stories with live action, computer-generated images, and a musical score by legendary Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. The goal of this large project is to present the gospel in a new and profound way. However, on the road to success, “The Bible” faces a few challenges.

For one, The Bible stars a large cast of mostly unknowns except for Downey herself who will be playing Jesus’ mother, Mary who won’t appear for a few weeks. Second, the show is being presented on the  History channel, which isn’t the most popular cable channel. Third, the series is long. Will audiences sit down long enough to make this project worthwhile?

On the plus side, since the series has been broken down into 10 episodes spread out over the month of March rather than trying to keep them set to air all in one week, should help. The network has already make plans for viewing the series easier by providing five different time slots during the entire series.

A breakdown of the series episodes goes as follows:
  1. In the Beginning (Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham)
  2. Exodus (Moses, Joshua)
  3. Homeland (Samson & Delilah, Samuel, Saul, David)
  4. Kingdom (Saul, David & Goliath, Solomon)
  5. Survival (King Zedekiah, King Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Daniel)
  6. Revolution (Joseph & Mary, Jesus)
  7. Mission (Jesus & the 12 Disciples)
  8. Betrayal (Jesus, Caiaphas, Nicodemus)
  9. Passion (The execution of Jesus)
  10. Courage (Peter, James, Paul, John)

You can catch “The Bible” each week at the following times:
  • Sundays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 8:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Mondays from 12:01-2:01 a.m.
  • Wednesdays from 9:00-11:02 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 1:01-3:03 a.m.

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