'Gods of the Arena' premiere delivers record 'Spartacus' ratings

Jupiter’s c–k!

Any concerns Starz may have had about continuing with the Spartacus franchise are surely going to be erased by this news: Prequel series Gods of the Arena premiered Friday night and delivered 1.1 million viewers for its first airing at 10 p.m. then another 753,000 viewers for its encore at 11 p.m.

That 1.9 million tally is higher than the combined Friday night airings for any episode of Spartacus season one, and is up about 70% from the premiere of Blood and Sand. Given the way the first season’s ratings built over time, there’s a chance these numbers could similarly climb in the coming weeks as more fans realize the show is back.

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  • John

    This episode was so great! Lesbian scene FTW!

    • Sam

      There is a lost for words at how awesome the first episode was!! DeKnight. I Applaud you. If I could do more I would! Thank you for continuing this series!

    • Sam


  • Vic Nardozza

    I didn’t think the first epsiode was that great. Everything seemed forced.

  • gallagb

    glad they don’t us who watched it online…

  • dodie topping

    Awesum show!! Lucy just keeps getting hotter every year!! Ya baby!! =D

  • tbrown17

    Wish I could afford to expand my cable coverage to include Starz. The show sounds awesome. Hope it has more staying-power than ‘Rome’ a few seasons ago.

    • Dave

      Get Netflix – you get Starz programming via streaming depending on what plan you are on.

    • albuspwbd

      Yes Netflix has it as part of there service. You can see starz shows when you like. Rome’s original intent was that it was only suppose to be a mini-series that was to be one season only. They put in a second season due to public demand but at 1 mill.an episode, they were not going to extend it a 3rd time.

    • Snsetblaze

      Netflix is how I watched both the original Spartacus, Pillars of the Earth and now the prequal.

    • Matt

      It’s only like 5 bucks a month.

      • Carla

        And worth every penny!

      • jean paul

        you heard it folks. subscribe to netflix today!

      • mikensnowmass

        you don’t need to do the FAKE subscribe to netflix back and forth for show duh, subscribe now hurry, lol. if it is a quality series it will sell itself and based on viewers so far looks like that is the case.

    • Harley Rider

      If you have NETFLIX you can stream it the Saturday after it shows. No need for STARS…. No commercials either…..

  • Alicia

    I expected more at the first episode I guess or I just miss sparticus sooooooo much. I’m just so happy its back on Starz though. I’m not to keen on the new guy. He does seem to over act at some scenes. The look isnt there he just seem more like a wrestler than a gladitor. Andy Whitfield is such a great actor. You can feel his pain his love his discust and his happiness almost like you were in his skin. The last season episode I was screamming Kill them all with him. My neighbors complained. LOL. I know he is ill and I pray for him. But they should of got someone that is also as intense of an actor as he is. This new guy isnt convincing to me. Hope his acting gets better in the next 5 series. But I’m still glued to my tv for this show.

    • Bosey

      I don’t think that the new guy who was shown is his replacement… that isn’t going to happen until after they are done with the prequil. (:

      • SLB

        He’s not a ‘replacement’, but some people criticize before they know the facts. It’s also supposed to look like wrestler to appeal to today’s audience.

      • dug

        Isnt Andy coming back after he finishes treatment for his Leukemia I thought that this prequel was just a diversion to the fans while he recovers from treatment?

      • clarification

        This “new guy” is only for this mini-series and if you cant already tell from episode one is going to be the major obstacle the Krixus ( I have no idea how to spell his name right) will have to overcome before he becomes the Champion.dy wont be comming back sadly. The new guy takes over with the start of season 2.
        Also, An

    • Snsetblaze

      I don’t think we are supposed to love the new guy’s character – he is supposed to be a jerk. I got a feeling this prequel might be more about Crixus’ (sp?) rise to the top, Doctori’s (forget his real name) story and Batiardus’ rise.

      • Garbo

        Doctori’s name is Anameus. It was never spoken in the first season.

    • Snsetblaze

      I don’t think we are supposed to think of the new guy as the hero here – he is a bit of a jerk. I have a feeling the story might be more about Doctori’s background (before he became Doctori), Crixus’ rise to the top and Batiardus rise to the top and the cause of his fued with the blonde guy (can’t remember that name).

    • AML

      This is a prequel. In this season they went back in time to show us how it all started. Next season they will have Andy’s replacement.

    • Cara

      His name is Gannicus, this is a prequel to Spartacus.

  • Randal

    One of my most favorite TV shows ever! Love Lucy Lawless and such and interesting storyline. It has action and goes places other series has never been before! Love me some Spartacus!

  • Paul

    Awesome show. You have alot to live up too. Don’t let us down. Thnx

  • Kathryn Wood

    I love the show! I loved the first season and awaited anxiously for the second. Think its pretty cool its a pequil to the first season. Ready to see Spartacus!Andy plays him amazingly!

    • albuspwbd

      Unfortunatly, Andy Whitfield will not be back for the show again and they will be announcing his replacement soon. His cancer came back and he cannot continue the role. Very sorry Andy!

      • Liz Lemon

        They already announced his replacement. It’s an actor named Liam McIntyre.

  • Anthony M

    A Rome movie is coming in the not too distant future. Rome was excellent but real expensive. But a movie is definitely coming. As is a straight to DVD Sarah Connor Chronicles according to some of that shows stars.

  • Anthony M

    Alicia, the guy in this prequel is not the new guy. Andy was never going to be in this series, in fact they made it due to Andy being sick since they realized it would delay season 2 of the original show.

  • Gabesmom

    I hope that after this prequel, they are going to continue the story and leave us hanging with all of the loose ends from Blood and Sand. I can’t get enough!!!!!

  • Lea Hayes

    I watched them both. Then watched it again on Netflix. I LOVE this show!

  • Liz Lemon

    I just watched it on Starz.com…is it me or is there more sex this time around? If it’s not a threesome, someone’s pleasuring themselves while watching others do it, if it’s not that it’s lesbian sex. Jeez Louis.
    Still love it though!

    • Fresh

      That’s part of what makes the show so good – the threesomes, the self pleasuring, the lesbian sex. And the hot slave girls!

      • Garbo

        …and naked men!!!

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