EW: 'The Bible' finale ratings rival 'The Walking Dead'
Jesus as played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, in 'The Bible' miniseries
April 2nd, 2013
11:33 AM ET

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

By James Hibberd, EW.com

(Entertainment Weekly)–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.

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.

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    April 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  2. lol??

    Plenty of walking dead on the planet.

    April 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm |

      Ys, hindu Zombies. blinded secular s.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm |

      people secular s mid evil minded crooks if you call my pro phet muha med Zuuumbi, I'll kill you. allaha ooo fak-bar allaha ooo fak-bar allaha ooo fak-bar

      April 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm |

      What are you mad about, hindu Zombie, stupid secular, I have done nothing but translated word Zombie, secular ism, self center ism, faith of ever hindu Zombie, ignorant secular.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • STFU

      why don't you use muslim Zombie? it fits perfectly well in your case.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm |


    we are brothers, we should stick together no matter what, no need to use Islam and Quran to justify your belief in Mohammad, paigamber, he was just an ordinary hindu, denier of truth absolute, 360*, you must believe and fear soul of thin Allha, god bless you son.

    April 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

      hinduism absurdity of a hindu copy cat.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  4. Joe

    Holy weird people on this thread

    April 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm |


    It is Kufer , act in secular ism, self center ism, subject of matter, no need to use Islam and Quran to justify your belief in hinduism denial of truth absolute of Allah and call followers of Theen Allh, consti tution of truth absolute by deeds, Muslim and hindus deniers of truth absolute by deeds, equal, No way, keep your hinduism, use and abuse of Islam to justify hinduism, misdeeds of your soul. As Allah the merciful stated in Holy Quran, ONE WITH SIGHT AND ONE IN HINDUISM, BLINDNESS TO TRUTH ABSOLUTE, ARE NOT THE SAME, as you have been trying hard to prove.

    April 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  6. QuoteCity

    “I went up to a man and said 'Jesus loves you' …but I realized that it didn't mean anything unless I did it.”
    – Jackie Pullinger

    April 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm |

      How one can love, the one who never existed, but in hindu crooked minds of believers of hinduism, racism.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

      Ya like Mohammad who never existed !!!

      April 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
  7. Sam Yaza

    so did any one else feel like Jesus was kinda like Manson,..


    Jesus was so manipulative, and this show portrayed that rather well.

    i mean really the only difference between Christ ans Manson is the number of people they got the followers to kill.

    Manson nine / Jesus approximately nine-hounded-million. of course the real number is imposable to find because Jesus followers antiquated us with animals while chopping our head off.

    April 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Damocles

      Oh, yeah, the numbers mean everything. If you are responsible for nine murders, you get put in jail. 900 million gets you worshiped.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm |

      Son of blessed Mary had no one killed, but follower of hindu fabrication called Jesus have killed more human with hindu fabricated immunity from following of truth absolute justified by their hindu Juda ism, criminal secular ism on earth. From north america to all the way to Australia. By their deeds, they seem to follow hindu Lucifer, filthy Atheist as their god, none other.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah.

      Psalms 4:2


      April 3, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Sam Yaza

      to HS

      to Damocles
      its called the king theroy
      "Thoughts of a Biologist" (1939) "Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.
      -Jean Rostand

      to the other guy

      ........did you say something? i cant understand stupid.

      April 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  8. HeavenSent's Nurse

    HeavenSent is suffering from a severe form of dementia. We are working on upping her medication, please ignore her ranting while we work on this.

    April 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Nonbelievers immature mantra "it's our way or no way". LOL.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      As opposed to the believer's mantra "believe as I do, or my god willl fry you"?

      April 3, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Sam, when a Christian tells you the end results for living an unrighteous life that Jesus will blot you out (no eternity for you), you shouldn't take their warning as a threat as you were conditioned to perceive it, you should thank the Christian who gave you the warning so you can humble yourself (meaning stop listening to your ego that is leading you astray) so you can save yourself.

      April 3, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • sam stone

      HS: Rather than thanking the Christian, I will likely tell the pompous punk to go fvck themselves. They have no more correct view of god than anyone else

      April 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  9. Damocles


    You have no purpose or meaning other than that of an animal thus you cannot comprehend.
    Atheism is not nihilism. My life has meaning and purpose.

    You see the beauty, wonder and awe Einstein called miraculous as an accident
    An accident can be beautiful.

    You see the strong eating the weak as natural as Stalin killing Christians
    Nature tends towards the strong over the weak, it happens all the time in the animal kingdom, the animal kingdom that you believe your deity created, may I remind you.

    You see the love of Mother Teresa as a byproduct of the big bang
    I see her kindness as a byproduct of her being human. If not her, we might be talking about a Mother Barbara or a Mother Agnes.

    Animals have all kinds of se-x in the woods no love needed.
    Yes, animals have se-x in the woods... and the plains and the snow and even underwater. Few mate for life... again, nature, as your deity supposedly made.

    You see the hate of Hitler as a byproduct of the big bang
    I see his hatred, stupidity and evilness as a byproduct of being human. If not him, we'd be talking about another despot

    Animals die existence is meaningless
    10,000 animals probably died while I was writing this, their life was meaningless to me because none were my pets. How many animals get to a heaven anyway?

    April 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Damocles

      Blarg! Hate when I post in the wrong spot. Oh well.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

    meet my Mohammad, paying price for his sin, he is a goat now

    April 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    Puppies and Kittens Taste Delicious When Cooked Properly

    American consti tution recognizes no hinduism, corruption of truth absolute called religions, nor hindu Atheism, ignorant secular ism, self center ism of animals, but truth absolute as GOD, and foundation of America, just as it is in Islam.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • STFU

      why American consti tution is so important to Pakistani muslim? So you all muslims hate America, but love American consti tution !!!

      April 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

      America belongs to Muslims by fundamental of consti tution, none others, keep your hindu Atheism, filthy secular ism of hindu animals, ignorant secular s out of USA.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • STFU

      Mohammad, are you sure you and I are talking about the same muslims? I am talking about terrorist types blow themselves up for someone making a pencil sketch of Arab!!!

      April 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

      do not play to be a hindu, denier of truth absolute, One need not play, if hindus crooks do not like to pay. Plain and simple.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • STFU

      Get lost you mullah Omar wannabe, this forum is not meant for glorifying the creator of world terrorism, mohammad pigambar.

      April 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm |

      You hind hurts, hindu, ignorant from hindered gutter of hinduism, sodomy ism justified by hindu atheism, filthy self center ism by faith, kenjer ism called india

      April 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm |


      April 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm |

    Sign of a hindu, ignorant.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • meifumado

      How so? Islam langoer pedophile illiterate smelly derp derp evil hater of women.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

      squawk squawk mohammad mohammad What the F ukc

      April 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  13. HeavenSent

    BRC, Jesus did preach to those in hell. That's what he did as soon as He was crucified and before He ascended into Heaven.

    Here's a good site to read the scriptures to support this truth.


    April 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Ok

      So, Jesus can save me after I die? Like, if I'm unable to trust in Jesus in this world because I was abused my my priest.
      If he went to hell, he can forgive those in hell? Or does he only offer forgiveness in this world?

      April 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Cool, finding oneself in hell would actually be action worthy evidence.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      You've truly lost it! How many times do you need it said that scriptures can't be used to back up Jesus or God? The buybull is the original mention of jesus and god, so using it to defend it is circular. Care to point to another site that doesn't use the bible as evidence.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Ok

      If Jesus can rescue those caught in Hell that would be very "Good News".

      April 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jesus provides unbelievers after they leave this life the Day of the Lord. You will be back in your spiritual body and you no longer have your ego to block learning His truth.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Dippy

      Man, what bullshit!

      April 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Ok

      That is good news.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      HS: Wow...you're just too funny...what a seriously fucked up imagination you have.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      It's called the millennium or the Day of the Lord, look it up in scriptures if you have eyes to see Truth Prevails.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      HS: I don't need scripture to live. What would it take to convince you that you've been taught simple stories written to control man and that there is simply no need for those scriptures any more?

      April 3, 2013 at 6:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Truth Prevails :-), did you ever think that your vanity is keeping you from His truth? You're so sure you are on the right path, when Jesus tells us the path to destruction is wide and most people are on it.

      April 3, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Science

      Facts HS is a good path to take!

      Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

      Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.


      April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    Thanks for use and abuse of Islam, by miss quoting parts of Quran, as has been the case from hindu dark ages. Science proves verses of Quran, about creation, and there is nothing wrong to publish it, as you hind, object. Process of creation is detailed in many parts of Quran, and it is duty of every Muslim to publish it, any where any time. Second. Islam is not a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute, a way of life, nor I have looked down on any one, but hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindus, deniers of truth absolute, no one need to respect hinduism, criminality, nor a Muslim must have objection to it, such as you. Please have detailed study of Islam, than to be a Muslim, just by religion, hinduism corruption of truth absolute by hindu crook kings to justify hinduism racism, to deny human equality, granted the La. limit of truth absolute. Allah the merciful. Prove me wrong, with truth, not by your soul, desire. If you have any in you.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Mohammad Ek Tota

      squawk squawk Indoo Indoo squawk Indoo Indoo squawk squawk mohammad squawk What the F mohammad

      April 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Puppies and Kittens Taste Delicious When Cooked Properly


      The American constitution is far more important than that book you feel so robotically inclined to drone on about.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • meifumado

      Hindu's are a wonderful ,far superior to Muslims filthy deny truth smell like camel butt langeor sec uliar ism blah blah blah

      April 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • meifumado

      Oh, I taught my parrot how to say "Mohammed sucks balls"

      Pretty cool huh?

      April 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  15. atheist irony

    But the real irony of the atheist is the irony of misplacement, of being at odds with the rest of humanity. It’s the cold truth the new atheists must wake to, that were they to choose any man, from any point in time, from any place and any culture, across any age group, the overwhelming odds would be that that man would think them wrong, and their books not worth buying. If their is irony to atheist thought, it is not because it is free, but because it is inhuman. For human beings have always practiced religion.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • atheist irony

      This on it’s own should be shocking, that we alone among the animals worship, that we, the most advanced, intelligent creatures evolution has to offer have always bowed down. Being human, now that’s ironic – the incongruity of the animal sacrificing itself for an invisible deity, when by all rights he should be mating and eating.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So long and thanks for all the fish

      April 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'atheist irony' is an instance of the ad populum fallacy.


      April 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Ironic that you don't know what irony means.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm |

      Word atheist, self centered is reserved for animals, not of human, and hinduism denial of truth is based on human secular ism, ignorant self center ism, a hindu atheist belongs to a hindu uncivilized Jungle, not among human.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Ben

      " If their is irony to atheist thought, it is not because it is free, but because it is inhuman. For human beings have always practiced religion."

      Besides the grammatical errors along with the total misuse of the word "irony", your premise is completely flawed and thus not worth the kb used to store it's letters. This might be why the "nones" are growing faster than any other group in America, because when religious persons open their mouths they reveal themselves and their faith as being ignorant, petty and glaringly wrong about so many things.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Skeptic Al

      Yea! Our team is winning. Get on the bus!

      April 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ben, did it ever occur to you that English might not be their native tongue?

      April 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Talk about a complete failure of logic and critical thought from the original poster.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • atheist irony

      It was Mr. Hitchens who recently wrote that the greatest weapon of the atheist was the “ironic mind” against the literal, and I, after briefly and in passing asking myself “what the hell is the man talking about?” and stubbornly continuing the practice of what he would later term as the “cult of death and human sacrifice”, have decided that I agree, but for all sorts of reasons Mr. Hitchens would be annoyed with.

      Not to isolate all you science majors out there – I trust that whatever it is that you do has some importance to humanity – but let’s see what Christopher could have meant. If it is a verbal irony that arms the atheist, then I pity him, for his mind produces thoughts in opposition to their literal meaning, and frankly, that sounds like a confusing situation for anyone to be in. If it is tragic irony, that at least is plausible, for it would mean that the mind of the atheist is doomed to fail, and that whatever books are written as a result of it, their affect will not be to convert the huddled Christian masses, but will – ironically – create intellectual and powerful rebuttals, leading inevitably and happily to the tragic doom of atheist thought. If it is dramatic irony, then we have an explanation for the raised eyebrows and lip-corners of the new atheists; they are full of a secret, an I-know-there’s-no-God-and-you-don’t, aha, aha, aren’t I ironic?
      Doesn’t really have anything to do with anything. But I laughed.

      That at least is closer to the truth. The irony of the atheist is almost indistinguishable from the sarcasm of the atheist, from the sardonic and condescending commentary of the atheist (think for but a moment on the overplayed Flying Spaghetti Monster card, the Brights v. Dulls, the tired Freethought! mantra). When Hitchens says that his greatest weapon is the “ironic mind”, I cannot help but think – and forgive me, for I get my model New Atheist from Dennet, Dawkins, Singer, Sagan and Hitchens – there’s a poem in there somewhere – that he believes his greatest weapon lies in being snide. I stand with Hitchens then; that the ironic mind is indeed a weapon, with the only mild reservation; that it is a broken weapon. Who, if anyone, was ever converted by an excess of elitist irony, or a dash of internet sarcasm? (Hang that thought; who, if anyone, has ever been converted to atheism?)

      April 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • think for but a moment on the overplayed Flying Spaghetti Monster card

      THANK YOU!!!!

      from an atheist.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Not too long ago you could have said that about the earth being flat or dreams being spiritual messages or the earth being the center of the universe. Times and people change. I'm not saying the world will trend atheist, just that you haven't provided any evidence it will not.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Salero21, apparently the barrier didn't occur to you either.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Ben

      "“The literal mind is baffled by the ironic one, demanding explanations that only intensify the joke. A vintage example, and one that really did occur, is that of P.G. Wodehouse, captured by accident during the German invasion of France in 1940. Josef Goebbels’s propaganda bureaucrats asked him to broadcast on Berlin radio, which he incautiously agreed to do, and his first transmission began:
      Young men starting out in life often ask me—“How do you become an internee?” Well, there are various ways. My own method was to acquire a villa in northern France and wait for the German army to come along. This is probably the simplest plan. You buy the villa and the German army does the rest.
      Somebody—it would be nice to know who, I hope it was Goebbels—must have vetted this and decided to let it go out as a good advertisement for German broad-mindedness. The “funny” thing is that the broadcast landed Wodehouse in an infinity of trouble with the British authorities, representing a nation that prides itself above all on a sense of humor.” Christopher Hitchens

      So we learn here that "atheist irony" not only does not understand the word "irony" but likely misunderstands atheism as well. This poster is nothing more than a bad joke that requires far too many explanations.

      Here's a joke for you that will hopefully not be too hard to understand for your litteral mind...

      Can you believe the word gullible isn't even in the dictionary?...

      April 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  16. Kenny

    So of the estimated 200 million Christians in America, only 11 million watched the Bible? 1 in 20?

    I shouldn't be surprised. That's about the same proportion who have actually read the entire Bible.

    April 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Grasping for Straws

      Not everybody watches TV.

      April 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Or uses it as a Biblical reference

      April 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Kenny

      As a demographic, Christians watch a LOT of TV. The Bible Belt is notorious for having the TV on far more than the rest of the country.

      April 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      11.7M is a big rating (more money for Mark Burnett) and technically Walking Dead was higher (more than one zombie)

      It's still less than the following from Nielson data (no cable) for the week ending Mar 3, (so not the same period) which included:

      NCIS – CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – 19.7M
      Dancing with the Stars – ABC, 8 p.m., Wednesday – 17.0M
      American Idol – Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. – 12.9M
      American Idol (Thurs.) – Fox, Thursday, 8 p.m. 11.9M

      "Jesus is less popular than Dancing with the Stars" still works as an alternative headline.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Joel Oilsheen

      I'm wayyyy bigger than Jesus. But he helps me make MONEY. I like MONEY. MONEY MONEY MONEY, so I can buy even more gel to put in my hair.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • The Demon Deacon

      Bill Deacon
      Is irrelevant. Billy is an obsequious papal apologist troll.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • LOL!

      If you do the math to the entire U S population that was only 3% but the Christians will think that's awesome.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • "Entertainment Weekly"

      Look at the source of the article. Ugh.

      April 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Saraswati


      "As a demographic, Christians watch a LOT of TV. The Bible Belt is notorious for having the TV on far more than the rest of the country."

      Maybe that accounts in part for the high obesity rate.

      April 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  17. simon magus

    In the prime targeted demographic, the Walking Dead blew the bible away, something like 2.5 to 1

    April 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • End Religion

      Nursing homes were doing their part to light up the Bible ratings but just couldn't take the win.

      April 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm |

    I trained my parrot to say W.T.F (What The F..K), he is so cute, like me,

    April 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  19. Thurston Howell III

    Two shows about zombies tied in the ratings? Wow, what a surprise.

    April 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  20. End Religion

    This should be an embarrassment for nutters. If 75% of the pop. is religious and the ratings, at best, were 50/50 at one point, that's a whole lotta "Christians" who prefer watching modern day fiction over medieval fiction.

    April 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Puppies and Kittens Taste Delicious When Cooked Properly

      I saw no mention of "Game of Thrones."

      April 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Grasping for Straws

      Really? An embarrassment? Because they didn't watch a commercially supported TV show on cable?

      April 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • End Religion

      Game of Thrones is likely FSM's favorite show now since it has a midget in a lead role. They are his Chosen People.

      April 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • Grasping for Straws

      Oh, you are the resident troll. See ya!

      April 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Bob

      ER, sure, but core religious nutters/fundies aren't smart enough to feel embarrassed.

      April 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
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