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'The Bible' sets DVD record: Fastest-selling miniseries ever

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History’s The Bible keeps settings records: The epic miniseries sold a stunning 525,000 units during its first week of release on home video.

According to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, The Bible ranks as the fastest-selling TV title released on home video in the last five years, and ranks as the top miniseries title ever during its first week of release.

Sales topped the first week of best-selling TV titles such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, True Blood and NBC’s The Office, as well miniseries hits like HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific. READ FULL STORY

'The Bible' finale ratings rival 'The Walking Dead'

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He has risen — in the ratings!

History’s The Bible miniseries finale delivered the show’s largest audience since its record-setting premiere. The network reports that 11.7 million viewers watched the two-hour conclusion on Easter Sunday, despite The Bible airing against heavy cable competition during its second hour — AMC’s The Walking Dead had its season finale and HBO’s Game of Thrones had its season premiere, with both geek titans setting ratings records (our Walking Dead finale ratings discussion is here; the Game of Thrones ratings post is here).

In fact, during the 9 p.m. hour when The Bible and The Walking Dead ran head to head, the shows were basically tied with 12.3 million viewers (The Walking Dead rises to 12.4 million when you include its full 65-minute telecast). It’s a strong performance for the religious miniseries that few expected to be a ratings competitor.

Last night’s conclusion of History’s popular project depicted the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Since the show premiered last month, the miniseries has frequently managed to beat most broadcast shows on Sunday nights.

The Bible performance is also in the ballpark of our ratings prediction yesterday, which correctly bet that The Bible would grow from last week, but not surpass its premiere.

Ratings prediction: 'Walking Dead' finale vs. 'Game of Thrones' premiere

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There is a crazy night of epic TV coming your way: The wildly anticipated Walking Dead finale on AMC vs. the wildly anticipated Game of Thrones premiere on HBO vs. the not-wildly-anticipated-yet-surprisingly-popular The Bible finale on History.

It’s zombies vs. dragons vs. crucifixion!

Now I’m not a fan of making ratings predictions. Because I’m not a fan of being wrong. And my last prediction, for the American Idol season 12 premiere, was spot-on. So why mess with that? I guess I’m messing with that because tonight’s TV lineup is the stuff that trips to Best Buy for a new TV are made of. All three of these shows have become pop culture phenomenons in their own way and now have major episodes this evening. In fact, this is the first time that Walking Dead and Thrones — two geek titans — have ever gone head-to-head. Plus it’s Easter Sunday, a holiday where TV ratings tend to go down, and that messes with everything — but it might spike The Bible. So making predictions is like playing chess while kite-boarding. Here are mine: READ FULL STORY

'The Bible' team says Obama-Satan similarity 'utter nonsense'

The network and producers behind The Bible miniseries are denying any intentional resemblance between The Devil and President Obama in Sunday night’s episode.

History Channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey issued a flurry of statements strongly asserting that the actor cast as Satan in the popular cable miniseries wasn’t supposed to look like Obama. Last night fans took to social media to point out the resemblance, prompting headlines.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.” READ FULL STORY

Mark Burnett says 'weird things happened' on 'The Bible' set

Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.

For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.

At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”

Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about: READ FULL STORY

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