The five-episode, 10-hour series attracted 13 million viewers in the U.S. and Canada during its first episode, making it the largest cable television audience of 2013 to date. The whole series drew an amazing 95 million viewers during its first and encore runs. The Bible then became the top-selling TV miniseries when it released to DVD, selling 525,000 units in just one week and over one million to date.
Mark Burnett told The Hollywood Reporter that many people did not expect The Bible to do well on TV or get nominated. But he and his wife, Roma, are very excited that the series has been so well-received, after a lot of prayer and four years spent working on the project.
The miniseries is being adapted into a feature film, which will hopefully be released sometime in fall 2013.