The television adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book Killing Jesus became National Geographic’s all-time highest rated telecast Sunday night with a record-breaking 3.7 million viewers.
The third adaptation in Bill O’Reilly’s Killing book series, the story aired as a three-hour special and chronicled the events leading up to the death of one of the most influential figures in history, Jesus Christ.
According the The Hollywood Reporter, the highly anticipated film scored a 1.0 rating among adults, aged 25-54.
O’Reilly released the book in September 2013, and it has currently sold more than 6.8 million copies. Killing Jesus’ two predecessors, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, also faired wel,l selling more than one million copies each.
The Guardian’s Selina O’Grady calls Killing Jesus “a breathy retelling of the gospel stories by two conservative Catholics, one of whom, O’Reilly, believes that he was inspired to write the book by the Holy Ghost.”
Killing Jesus will re-air on Good Friday ( April 3) and again on Easter Sunday (April 5).