Two Bible-themed shows did pretty well in the ratings these last few days.
Killing Jesus set a new record for the National Geographic Channel when 3.7 million people watched its premiere last night. That beats the previous record of 3.4 million for Killing Kennedy and 3.35 million for Killing Lincoln, both of which, like Killing Jesus, were also based on books by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
The film will air again on the Fox News channel this coming Friday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, Telemundo scored a hit last week when it aired the Spanish-language premiere of The Bible, known as La Biblia. The first episode had 3.22 million viewers on Wednesday, which makes it “Telemundo’s highest-rated premiere at 8pm”.The final episode will air this coming Friday. Telemundo, which is owned by NBCUniversal, is airing the miniseries as a refresher of sorts in anticipation of A.D.: The Bible Continues, which premieres on NBC this coming Sunday.
The Bible itself had between 10 and 13 million viewers each night that it aired on the History Channel in 2013. Presumably NBC expects A.D. to do even better when it premieres, given that it will be playing on one of the “Big Three” networks.
Incidentally, does anyone know what the ratings were for Noah’s Ark on Up TV?