“The Bible” and the zombies wrapped up things on Easter Sunday.
The zombies won.
The final episode of History’s 10-part biblical miniseries, culminating in the crucifixion of Jesus, averaged 11.7 million viewers Sunday night. AMC’s third-season finale of “The Walking Dead,” meanwhile, unearthed 12.4 million viewers, which is a series high — putting to rest for all eternity any further argument about the program’s revolving door of show-runners wrecking the franchise.
“The Bible’s” finale crowd was not its series best; the Mark Burnett-produced extravaganza attracted 13.1 million when it debuted in early March.
“The Bible” and “The Walking Dead” beat all scripted programming on the broadcast networks Sunday night.
Immediately after its telecast of “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s live “The Talking Dead” — in which fans and host Chris Hardwick dissected and probed “TWD’s” season finale — hung on to 5.2 million of its viewers.
Which means that, at 10 p.m., “The Talking Dead” beat the season debut of HBO’s sex-and-swords drama, “Game of Thrones.”
HBO instead focused on its “Game of Thrones’” season opener having averaged 4.4 million viewers, besting the show’s previous high of 4.2 million viewers, which it scored at last season’s finale. Last season’s premiere drew 3.9 million.
Conan’s TBS contract extended to 2015
While NBC and Jay Leno continue to duke it out over the network’s plans to replace him with Jimmy Fallon, TBS announced Monday that it has extended late-night host Conan O’Brien’s contract — though only through November of 2015.
In early 2012, TBS announced it had re-upped O’Brien’s contract through 2014.
The cable network said in Monday’s announcement that the extension “further solidifies” the ongoing relationship between the network and the popular host, and noted that his audience has a younger median age than that of any other late-night talk show.
According to TBS, Team Coco’s show draws more than 8.3 million followers on Twitter, 2 million fans on Facebook, 2 million unique users each month on TeamCoco.com and 15 million video views each month on TeamCoco.com and YouTube.
Conan, you’ll recall, was the first guy to replace Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” He lasted seven months to disappointing ratings, leading NBC to announce that it would return Leno to late night and push Coco-hosted “Tonight” to a later time slot. Conan walked instead.
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