The preliminary numbers for the final episode of the first season of Starz' Spartacus: Blood and Sand, "Kill Them All" are in, and though the initial telecast didn't set a high with total viewers, it did see highs with adults 18-49 with 769,000. The 1.227 million total viewers were third highest for the season. We won't know until tomorrow whether the combined Friday totals including the encore were a season high.
Spartacus Blood and Sand was renewed for a second season by Starz before the first season even began airing. Unfortunately, Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma during production of the second season and production was halted while he seeks treatment. The good news is the prognosis is good, but at this time there is no word on when production will finish or when the second season will air.
Yes, I know some anonymous guy on Twitter tweeted that he heard from a Starz insider that the show had been canceled (then backtracked when Mo Tancharoen denied it). What I hear is that nothing has changed since the statement Starz made about Whitfield (linked above).
Unless Whitfield's prognosis is worse than we're led to believe or, somehow, Starz is incurring huge costs even while production is shut down, I can't imagine any scenario where the show doesn't resume production on season two.
Ratings for season one of Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
|22-Jan-10||STRZ||The Red Serpent||.3/1||0.659|
|12-Feb-10||STRZ||The Thing in the Pit||.3/1||0.662|
|5-Mar-10||STRZ||Great and Unfortunate Things||.4/1||0.974|
|12-Mar-10||STRZ||Mark of the Brotherhood||.4/1||0.875|
|16-Apr-10||STRZ||Kill Them All||.6/2||1.227|
If you're a Netflix subscriber you can catch up on season one of Spartacus: Blood and Sand online. If you're not a subscriber you can get a free one month trial and watch season one for free.