Da Vinci's Debut Delivers an All-Time High for Starz, Spartacus Goes Out Strong

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Ratings for Da Vinci's Demons PremiereDa Vinci’s Demons has designs on a viewership record for Starz, premiering on Friday night to  2.14 million total viewers across multiple airings, our sister site Deadline reports.

That tally edges out the cabler’s previous viewership record for an original series launch — 2.09 million, set by Camelot.

With its initial 10 pm airing, Da Vinci’s Demons drew 1.04 million. This Friday it makes its regular time slot debut, Fridays at 9/8c.

Leading into the new drama, Spartacus: War of the Damned closed the swords-and-sandals saga with a total audience of 1.43 million, up 53 percent over the final season’s premiere. Across multiple airings, Spartacus‘ swan song amassed 2.7 million viewers, up 5 percent versus its season opener and improving 11 percent on its season average.

Comments (7)

  • YES! I’ve been waiting for ratings numbers on it. I was very skeptical going in but the performances and the quick writing sucked me in. Tom Riley knocked it out of the park.

    I could do with a little less molest-y priests though. The scene in the pool was just oogy. It just seemed to serve no story purpose and was put in just for shock value.

    Comment by Zayne – April 15, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Little known fact about DaVinci…he was BRITISH! And so, it appears, was everyone else living in Italy at that time. Who knew?!

    Comment by zaza – April 15, 2013 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Zaza you fool all Brits are either Picts or Romans all true original Brits were slaughtered by Rome but when Rome receded the survivors of Rome created there on country which is Briton so all Brits are Italian not the other way around

      Comment by Hmm – June 9, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • We know he was Italian, the British accent does not take value away from the story.

      Comment by xiomara – August 3, 2013 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supposedly in real life, DaVinci was gay. I wonder if that will be incorporated into the show?

    Comment by Todd – April 15, 2013 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i’m sure it will, it’s starz!

      Comment by Alex – April 16, 2013 02:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was already hinted in the first episode that the character is bisexual.

      Comment by SAM – April 16, 2013 06:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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