'Spartacus: War of the Damned' Storms out to Second Highest Ratings Ever for a STARZ Original Series & Sees More Than 2.5 Million Overall Viewers Premiere Weekend Season Debut

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January 28th, 2013

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“Spartacus: War of the Damned” Storms out to Second Highest Ratings Ever for a STARZ Original Series Season Debut; Final Season of Starz “Spartacus” Franchise Sees More Than 2.5 Million Overall Viewers Premiere Weekend


The season premiere episode of “Spartacus: War of the Damned” debuted on STARZ Friday, January 25th and produced the second highest ratings performance (5.5 gross ratings point/GRP) ever on a Friday night for a STARZ Original series premiere.

The Friday 5.5 GRP number from STARZ subscribers trails only the 2011 Spartacus prequel, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (6.3),” but was well ahead of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (3.7) and “Spartacus: Vengeance” (4.7).

The opening “Spartacus: War of the Damned” weekend performance audience generated more than 2.5 million P2+ viewers for the premiere episode telecasts January 25-27. (**Late reporting of an additional Sunday overnight/early morning airing was not available at time of release).

Friday night airings, including the debut at 9PM et/pt (930,000), and subsequent 10PM (469,000) and 11PM (443,000) re-airings, generated about 1.84 million Live+SD, P2+ viewers.

The weekend performance was in line with the 2.7 million Live+SD P2+ viewers that viewed the season finale to “Spartacus: Vengeance” during its premiere weekend this past April.  “Spartacus: Vengeance,” averaged more than 6 million viewers across multi-platform viewing, including DVR and on-demand.

  • The End

    And to think, this is the final season. Makes ending it early seem stupid now.

  • DonJ1973

    Watched it Friday night on Starz. Great episode and bloody as hell.

    I know Starz doesn’t have as many subscribers as HBO and Showtime. I wonder how this show would have done on one of those networks instead and if it would have lasted longer than 3 seasons.

  • Shoes

    LOL! Spartacus better be glad its on pay cable because a 930,000 people viewd episode is the lowest its seen since feb 19 2010. And that was in its first season!

  • Shepherd

    well done. looks like the audience has gotten comfortable with the new lead. I’m still upset that this will be the final season.

  • Andrea

    “gross rating point”??? what the heck is that??? XD

  • moshane58

    Starz making a mistake ending this.It could go on for years.Even us oldie goldies love it.

  • Shepherd

    GRP refers to the total numbers of all airing for a given night/ nights + Ondemnd etc. aka the only numbers pay cable cares about. The premier numbers for a single telecast mean nothing to them.

  • Jon

    Spartacus’ 10pm and 11pm ratings were impressive, I wonder if airing at 9pm dented its ratings as Starz have aired their originals at 10pm and not 9pm.

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