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'The Bible' beats Donald Trump, other network shows in week two

March 12, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are behind History's 10-part miniseries "The Bible."
Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are behind History's 10-part… (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)

Against all odds, David emerged victorious over a giant ... named Donald Trump? 

"The Bible," History's 10-part epic produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, converted 10.8 million total viewers for chapters three and four on Sunday, covering the stories of King David, Samson and other characters.

That was down 17% from last week's record-shattering premiere, but it was still an impressive number for a scripted miniseries on basic cable. "The Bible" also easily outdrew NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," the reality competition overseen by Trump, which scored just 5 million from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

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In fact, "The Bible" was more watched than anything on broadcast TV except for CBS' "60 Minutes," which featured an interview with Facebook executive and author Sheryl Sandberg.

Meanwhile, History's "Vikings" pulled a respectable 4.6 million total viewers at 10 p.m.

However, the Norse warriors may face some choppy waters ahead. It's unclear how "Vikings" will do once it loses "The Bible" as a lead-in. And it's nowhere near the hit status enjoyed by some other buzz-worthy cable shows. On Sunday, "Vikings" got crushed by AMC's zombie smash "The Walking Dead," which scored 11.4 million.

What do you think of "The Bible" and "Vikings"?

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Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT

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