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Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 03/04/2013

History gets huge ratings with ‘The Bible’

A scene from History’s “The Bible.” (Joe Alblas - A+E Networks)
“The Bible” — big, but no “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Just over 13 million people tuned in to Sunday’s unveiling of History channel’s “The Bible,” which makes it the No. 1 cable entertainment telecast of 2013 to date.

Last year, the network’s “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries averaged just under 14 million viewers; its highest rated episode clocked 14.3 million viewers.

(If you add together the 13.1 million who watched “The Bible” debut from 8-10 p.m. and those who watched the replay later Sunday night, it cumes to 14.8 million viewers, History noted.)

“Clearly there is a nationwide groundswell that was waiting for this moment,” the president of entertainment at History parent A&E Networks Nancy Dubuc said Monday.

“The world is watching right now and we are incredibly humbled by the reaction to the series,” exec producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey gushed Monday, adding, modestly, “Today, more people are discussing God’s chosen people — Moses and Abraham — in one day than ever before.”

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