Kevin Costner’s western mini-series Hatfields and McCoys became the “No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable television history” attaining 13.9 million viewers during its first airing on History.
The first part in the three part series actually had 17 million viewers in total-when its second airing is taken into account-another very impressive number. It’ll be very interesting to see how the next two instalments of the series do ratings-wise, but the signs are looking good.
History’s president and general manger Nancy Dubuc said:
“With all the success we have had at History, we felt strongly for some time that we should own historical drama, and in true History fashion, we have done it, with — pardon the pun — guns ablazin!, We couldn’t be more proud of the entire cast and crew — this has been an amazing collaboration — from Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Mare Winningham, Powers Boothe, Tom Berenger and everyone involved in truly making history.”
Costner produced the series and his old friend Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld, Robin Hood & Fandango) directed. Costner is synonymous with the western genre having starred in Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Dances With Wolves and Open Range. Let’s hope that this is Costner on the comeback trail-he also has Superman adventure Man Of Steel on the way.
Source: THR & Deadline