FROM HISTORY CHANNEL -- History's miniseries Hatfields & McCoys made history on Memorial Day Monday, averaging 13.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast cable data.
Should the numbers hold, "Hatfields & McCoys" would compile a new record audience for an ad-supported basic-cable show (not sports or news), according to History officials.
History's Hatfields & McCoys fired up 13.9 million viewers"History's Hatfields & McCoys fired up 13.9 million viewers"ESPN's Monday Night Football franchise has exceeeded that mark on numerous occasions, and the 1993 NAFTA debate between then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot hosted by Larry King recorded 16.3 million viewers, according to CNN.
History's three-part miniseries, which stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the heads of the respective feuding Hatfield and McCoy clans, also drew 5.8 million adults 25 to 54 and 4.8 million adults 18 to 49, according to the network. More than 17 milion people watched both the premiere and encore telecasts on Memorial Day.
The series concluded on Wednesday night.
"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!" said Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager for History, in a prepared statement.