In its fourth week, the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries has maintained strong ratings above 10 million viewers, continuing to hold the title of most watched television program from 8 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
The fourth episode of the 10-part miniseries drew 10.3 million viewers, a slightly softer number than its week three ratings of 10.9 million.
The History Channel's highly-successful miniseries "The Bible" has not only received record-breaking ratings, but it has also managed to teach the majority of viewers something they didn't already know about the Bible, according to a new Barna survey.
The survey, which was recently conducted by the Barna Group and commission by the American Bible Society, found that 69 percent of the viewers questioned claim that by watching the series, they discovered something new about the Bible that they didn't know before. The survey also found that of this 69 percent majority, less than 60 percent of those who answered described themselves as "active Christians," while more than 78 percent described themselves as "less-active Christians."
High school educated adults, non-whites, viewers ages 18-28, singles, and less-active Christians were among those more likely to answer that they had learned something new from "The Bible" miniseries. more >>
Editor's Note: In this two-part series The Christian Post takes a closer look at the success of "The Bible," a History Channel docudrama series produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. CP interviews two Christians in the entertainment industry who have been quite impactful and part of a growing movement to see more quality faith-based movies coming out of Hollywood. In part one, CP interviewed Mark Joseph, founder of MJM Entertainment Group. In part two, below, Phil Cooke of Cooke Pictures is interviewed.
The Hollywood entertainment industry is getting the message – it's good business to respect Christians in America. Thanks to the incredible number of viewers tuning in each Sunday to The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries, many leaders in the movie and TV business "totally get that," says author and TV producer Phil Cooke.
"There's no question that decision makers in Hollywood and the media business are getting the message … It's simply good business to respect that audience, and I think the vast majority of media leaders I encounter totally get that," said Cooke. more >>
Editor's Note: In this two-part series The Christian Post takes a closer look at the success of "The Bible," a History Channel docudrama series produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. Two Christians in the entertainment industry have been quite impactful and part of a growing movement toward more quality faith-based movies coming out of Hollywood. Below is an interview with Mark Joseph, founder of MJM Entertainment Group. Part two is a discussion with Phil Cooke of Cooke Pictures.
The fact that the History Channel's "The Bible" series has reached more than 68 million viewers in just three episodes is not a fluke despite what a large majority of the Hollywood entertainment industry may be thinking, says a film developer and marketer who should know.
"If these types of numbers are true and repeatable, then the entire entertainment industry would have to be rethought, reprioritized and reorganized," producer Mark Joseph told The Christian Post. "So it will attempt to be written off as a fluke. But it's not a fluke if done properly. The audience is there." more >>
Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, who plays Jesus in the highly-popular "The Bible" miniseries, recently responded to the recent "Hot Jesus" nickname given to him on social media platforms, saying that although he is flattered, he would prefer to affect someone on a spiritual level.
"I take the [Hot Jesus] nickname as a compliment obviously, but I'm waiting for the good stuff, and the good stuff for me is if someone just nabbed me on the shoulder and said 'look you did a pretty good job,'" Morgado said in a recent interview with USA Today.
"Something like this more than anything, something like playing Jesus, for me, if only I can have one person go straight to me and say 'you touched me, and you brought me something I thought I'd lost,' that would be my best compliment," Morgado added. more >>
NEW YORK – Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producers behind the hit miniseries "The Bible" on The History Channel, gave an exclusive interview to The Christian Post on Tuesday evening at the opening night gala of "The Bible Experience" in New York, a unique exhibit combining props from the series with the world's largest private collection of biblical texts and artifacts.
Burnett, who is the creator of popular TV shows such as "Celebrity Apprentice," "Shark Tank," "Survivor" and "The Voice," has seen "The Bible" shoot to the top of TV ratings in America, beating out stiff competition for the number one spot on Sunday nights. He reveals to CP that he has other Bible-related projects coming up.
Downey, who is best known for her 10-year role on "Touched By An Angel," is not only the co-producer of "The Bible," but she also stars as Mary, mother of Jesus, in the last two episodes of the miniseries. more >>