Wednesday, March 20, 2013

'The Bible' makes its television debut

Small-screen premiere draws 1.05 million Canadian viewers

A ten hour, five part epic television mini-series based on the Bible called "The Bible" debuted on March 3 to high ratings on the History Channel. The series, produced by Catholics Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, is based on the New International Version and New Revised Standard Version translations of the Bible. Two episodes are aired each Sunday at 8 p.m. with airtime of an hour each; the first five cover the Old Testament and the rest follow the Gospels. The series was developed with consultation from a wide range of multi-denominational advisors including Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home and a Catholic cardinal.

Reception for the series has been mixed although viewership ratings were high. In Canada, the series premiere drew 1.05 million viewers while in the United States it drew 13.1 million. Viewership in the States has hovered around the ten million mark since then.

You can watch the series trailer above and catch the last four episodes on March 24 and 31 at 8 p.m. on the History Channel, just in time for Palm and Easter Sunday.

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