The Bible

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

LoveFilm gets Vikings series ahead of TV

Amazon’s on-demand service LoveFilm has bought Vikings in a deal that means the hit drama series will be available on its streaming service ahead of linear TV. The series is produced and distributed by MGM and aired on History in the US as the cable net continues to push into scripted programming. LoveFilm has exclusive […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]

Channel 5 believes in The Bible

Channel 5 has acquired hit US miniseries The Bible. The UK free-to-air broadcaster has bought the series from One Three Media, the commercial arm of Mark Burnett’s production company, which makes the show. The miniseries was a huge hit in the US, generating ratings of over ten million per episode in its Sunday evening slot […]

HBO orders more Game of Thrones

Days after the launch of the third season of Game of Thrones, premium cable network HBO has ordered a fourth run of the fantasy drama. The fourth season order, announced by programming boss Michael Lombardo, came as the new season delivered the best ratings yet for the show. The third season of Game of Thrones, […]

Walking Dead finale delivers best-ever ratings

The final installment of the third season of The Walking Dead garnered the best-ever ratings for the hit zombie drama. The series won 12.4 million viewers for cable net AMC, making it the most popular show on US TV on Sunday night and meaning it beat The Bible on History. The two shows have been […]

The Bible gets 11.7 million for finale

The concluding episode of History’s biblical miniseries The Bible pulled in 11.7 million viewers, 3.8 million of which were in the coveted 18-49 demo. The Mark Burnett-produced series has generated big numbers for History and the final episode, which showed the resurrection of Jesus and went out on Easter Sunday, means the show averaged 11.4 […]

SVT buying spree includes The Bible and Bates Motel

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has acquired mega-hit miniseries The Bible. It has picked up the Mark Burnett-produced show amid a raft of drama acquisitions. The five-part series has generated consistently huge ratings on US cable network History and is distributed by Burnett’s One Three Media. SVT has also bought Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, which […]

The Bible beats The Walking Dead in epic ratings battle

The latest instalment of The Bible on History narrowly edged out The Walking Dead on AMC as both once again recorded over ten million viewers and were the top shows across US television on the night. Both series have set a new benchmark for cable TV ratings in the US, regularly beating out competition from […]

Nat Geo coproducing Jesus miniseries with Sky Vision

National Geographic Channels International and Sky Vision are joining forces to make a miniseries about Jesus and the rise of Christianity. Jesus: Rise to Power is one of a trio of coproductions NGCI has just unveiled. The other two are one-hour film Bones of the Buddha with UK indie Icon Films and feature-length doc Ultimate […]