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A graphic horror anthology series defeated the History Channel miniseries "The Bible" at the 2014 People's Choice Awards.
For the category of "Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries," the FX channel's "American Horror Story" won, beating out "The Bible," HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," the Syfy movie "Sharknado," and Starz's "The White Queen."
While the two-hour televised award ceremony on Wednesday evening did not feature a segment announcing the category, all results were posted on the People's Choice's website.
In an interview with The Christian Post after the results were announced, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly stated that the loss was not significant compared to the overall influence of the miniseries.
"The results of a subjective poll will never negate the fact that the real win for 'The Bible' are in the lives changed. It's not about another trophy that will simply sit among many on a shelf and collect dust," said Daly, who had called on viewers to rally and vote for the miniseries when its nomination was announced.
"Mark Burnett and Roma Downey produced a profound and lasting series about the ultimate victory, about the greatest book ever written and the greatest story ever told."
Divided into 10 parts and covering many of the stories from the Old and New Testaments, "The Bible" was a major hit for the History Channel in terms of viewership and awards.
"The Bible" was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Movie or Miniseries and won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie.
While "The Bible" did not win its category, the producers of the hit History channel miniseries were not absent from the televised People's Choice Awards ceremony. Mark Burnett served as executive producer for the awards program while wife and co-producer Roma Downey introduced one of the musical acts.
The People's Choice Awards, which began 40 years ago, involves entertainment being chosen for their honors via voting from the general public.
"American Horror Story," which debuted in 2011 and is presently in its third season, is a miniseries that involves different characters and settings with each season.
Known for its graphic disturbing imagery, "American Horror Story" has received nominations and won honors as far back as its debut season.
Past honors have come from the Golden Globes, the Primetime Emmys, and the Screen Actors Guild. However, Wednesday's win was the first time the FX horror program had won a People's Choice award.
Ironically, the most recent episode of "American Horror Story" ran against the second hour of the People's Choice Awards program. The competition did not appear to hurt either program, as "American Horror Story" topped the list of primetime cable programs for Wednesday evening and People's Choice reportedly earned its highest ratings in four years.