History's 'Hatfields & McCoys' Continues Blockbuster Ratings With 13.1 Million Total Viewers on Night Two

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May 30th, 2012

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New York, NY, May 30, 2012 – Night two of HISTORY’s HATFIELDS & MCCOYS garnered 13.1 million total viewers on Tuesday, May 30 from 9-11:05 p.m. The hit, scripted three-night event, whose finale is tonight at 9pm ET/8c, continued its ratings dominance with 4.7 million Adults 18-49, 5.8 million Adults 25-54, 2.5 million Males 18-49 and 3.2 million Males 25-54.


Among total viewers, Part 1 & Part 2 now rank as the #1 and #2 entertainment telecasts of all time in ad-supported cable. In Adults 25-54 and Men 25-54, part 2 retained 100% delivery from night one.


HATFIELDS & MCCOYS is the true American story of a legendary family feud – one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, a new three-part, six-hour scripted miniseries, showcasing an all-star cast headed up by Academy® Award winner Kevin Costner and Golden Globe® nominee Bill Paxton star as Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, respectively. The mini series premieres on May 28, 29 and 30, at 9 p.m. on HISTORY®.


HATFIELDS & MCCOYS is the story of a clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, and includes a cast of characters that changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.


Joining Costner and Paxton are Golden Globe® winner Tom Berenger as Jim Vance, Devil Anse’s “Uncle Jim,” the firebrand warlord of the Hatfield family; Emmy® Award winner Powers Boothe as Wall Hatfield, Devil Anse’s level-headed, fair-minded older brother, who was the local (West Virginia) justice of the peace and judge; and Academy® Award-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy, wife of Randall McCoy and the family matriarch who loses four sons, a daughter and her own sanity in the feud.


Rounding out the stellar cast include: Matt Barr as Devil Anse Hatfield’s oldest son Johnse Hatfield, who has an unquenchable appetite for romantic trouble; Noel Fisher as Cotton Top Mounts, an illegitimate son of a Hatfield; Boyd Holbrook as Devil Anse Hatfield’s son, Cap, with a cloudy eye but best rifle shot of the family; Andrew Howard as Bad Frank Phillips, a private detective/killer for hire; Jena Malone as the ruthless Nancy McCoy; Sarah Parish, as Levicy Hatfield, the strong-willed wife of Devil Anse; Lindsay Pulsipher as Roseanna McCoy, the daughter of Randall and Sally McCoy; and Ronan Vibert as Perry Cline, the McCoys’ politically savvy attorney.


HATFIELDS & McCOYS is produced for HISTORY by Thinkfactory Media. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Nancy Dubuc and Dirk Hoogstra. Leslie Greif is the Executive Producer for Thinkfactory Media. Director is Kevin Reynolds. Producers are Kevin Costner, Darrell Fetty and Herb Nanas. Barry Berg is Supervising Producer. Story by Bill Kerby and Tedd Mann, teleplay Ted Mann (night 1) and Ted Mann and Ronald Parker (nights 2 & 3). Sony Pictures Television distributes HATFIELDS & McCOYS.


  • larry donny

    its now has officially beat the walking dead. im glad, this series is 100 times better.

  • SoCal

    Viewers sure, but not A18-49, and that’s all we care about here Larry!

  • Epicfail037

    So 2009’s huge cable monster was the Wizards of Waverly Place movie, 2010’s was iSaved Your Life, 2011’s was…the P&F movie I guess, and it looks like this thing will be 2012’s. :P

  • Clay

    I don’t watch a loads of the History Channel but I totally missed any kind of hype for this thing (I read some casting news earlier this year but that was about it). Was there an onslaught of promotion last week?

  • denroy33

    Good production, good show. Enjoying it.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “I don’t watch a loads of the History Channel but I totally missed any kind of hype for this thing (I read some casting news earlier this year but that was about it). Was there an onslaught of promotion last week?”

    They previewed it before the official previews when I was at the Avengers this weekend. I hadn’t heard anything about it before that.

  • Brandon

    What the hell?!! What is this show and why does it have monster ratings??

  • Nancy Newberry

    This is a excellent movie. I love Kevin Costner and Powers Boothe! The whole cast was good.

  • JRG

    I thought this was a terrible series. Pace was bad. Dialects were bad. History was bad. I may just not have liked it because I know more about the history and realize how much this was off.

  • Britt Pack

    The best movie I seen in a long time

  • Ellmo

    It was worth watching, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Beny

    Surprised History channel didn’t have Aliens in the movie.

  • Jon

    Very enjoyable series. Very odd for the history channel though – almost too historically accurate!

  • JFC

    It fell into the “it was ok” range for me. but I will take this over the reality crap that passes for “history being made everyday” anytime.

  • Dan S

    I wasn’t even aware of this mini series on History until I came to TVBTN. I now have all 6 hrs recorded & will watch it this weekend. If History continues to make these kind of dramas I’ll have to watch them more often.

  • Tom

    Best entertaining TV in a long time!

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