The History Channel’s broadcast of the second-part of its five-part miniseries based on the Bible, wasn’t just the top-rated show on cable television Sunday night, it was the top-rated show in all of television:
The Bible commanded HISTORY as #1 in all of television from 8-10pm, with 10.8 million total viewers and in Adults 25-54 with 3.8 million. In addition, The Bible garnered 3.2 million Adults 18-49. Over 50 million cumulative viewers have seen at least a portion of the series since it began on March 3*.
50 million cumulative viewers represents about fifty-times the viewers that new phenom, HBO’s “Girls,” enjoys.
For two decades we Christians have been pushing the entertainment industry to produce respectful stories about our faith, and for decades we’ve been ridiculed and marginalized by a provincial Hollywood and media class that have no idea how the real world works.
Finally, though, we are enjoying a slow-motion breakthrough and the ratings and box office continue to prove us right.
Things are only going to get better. Christians are learning their trade and flexing their muscle in Hollywood. We’re in the midst of a wonderful revolution.