History concluded its 10-part miniseries The Bible on Sunday night, pulling an average 11.7 million viewers over the course of the two-hour broadcast, up 14 percent week-over-week.
The Bible previously hit a ratings high with its March 3 debut, raking in 13.1 million viewers. Previous installments have hovered above the 10 million mark.
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Serving as a solid lead for scripted series foray Vikings, The Bible has only been eclipsed by last summer's Hatfields & McCoys in History's ratings highs. That mini shattered network records over the course of three days in 2012, to 14.3 million viewers in its final night.
In the targeted age group, The Bible finale pulled 4.6 million adults 25-54. That's even compared to the previous high the premiere set with 4.6 million. at 9 p.m. Among adults 18-49, The Bible collected 3.8 million, up 18 percent and 12 percent week-over-week, respectively. Among total viewers, History noted that The Bible (12.33 million) barely edged AMC's The Walking Dead (12.29 million)
The Bible was created and executive produced by Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, who also stars as the Virgin Mary.
The project drew criticism halfway through its run when some pointed out similarities between the actor cast to play Satan (Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni) and President Obama. History, Burnett and Downey dismissed the controversy, calling it "unfortunate that anyone made [the] false connection."
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