via press release:
‘GODS OF THE ARENA,’ AND RATINGS
Starz’ New ‘Spartacus’ Event Series Connects
With 2.8 Million Viewers in its Premiere Weekend
Updating the viewership for the premiere of Starz’ hit franchise “Spartacus,” the new “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” debuted to an audience of 2.3 million viewers across four regular Friday and Sunday telecasts the weekend of January 21. With a special, additional, airing Saturday night, the weekend total rises to 2.8 million. The 10 p.m. premiere and 11 p.m. repeat set a series record for combined Friday telecasts, grossing nearly 1.9 million viewers. The special Saturday repeat, along with two regularly scheduled Sunday repeats, added nearly 1 million more viewers.
For its 10 p.m. (ET and PT) premiere on Jan. 21, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” ranked as No. 1 among households for all cable programs aired over the weekend, and was also tied for first among Adults 18-49.
In addition, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” premiere ranked No. 7 among households for all cable programs in the week.
* Source: Nielsen NPower Live + SD. Rankings are based on coverage ratings for respective demos for 1/21/11 – 1/23/11 and 1/17/11 – 1/23/11.