History's 'The Bible' Premieres to 13.1 Million Viewers

Debuts first scripted series 'Vikings' to 6.2 million viewers

The two-hour premiere of History's scripted miniseries The
drew 13.1 million total viewers from 8-10 p.m. on Sunday.

The 13.1 million falls below parts
one and three of last year's three-part miniseries Hatfields & McCoys,

which drew 13.9 million and 14.3 million respectively. Bible tied part two
of Hatfields, which also drew 13.1 million viewers. The two-hour debut
also averaged 4.6 million adults 25-54 and ranks as the top cable entertainment
telecast of the year, surpassing AMC's
The Walking Dead.
Across two plays, The Bible averaged
14.8 million total viewers and 5.6 million adults 25-54.

The Bible will air over the next four Sundays.

Following The Bible, History launched its first-ever
scripted series Vikings to 6.2 million total viewers to become the year's top
cable series launch among total viewers and adults 25-54. The premiere episode
also drew 2.5 million adults 18-49 and 2.7 million adults 25-54. Across two
plays, Vikings drew 8.3 million total viewers; 3.4 million adults 18-49
and 3.8 million adults 25-54.

The network also said that History.com had its best-ever day
of activity on Sunday.