IFC’s heavily promoted, high-octane spoof of melodramatic miniseries from the 1970s and 1980s got off to a solid start in the ratings. Deadline.com reports that "The Spoils of Babylon" attracted 911,000 total viewers, including 477,000 adults 18-49, for its premiere.
“That is one of the highest-rated debuts ever on IFC, whose flagship comedy ‘Portlandia’ opened with 263,000 viewers in 2011,” the story reports.
The six-part miniseries has a star-studded cast that includes Will Ferrell, Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer and Haley Joel Osment. The show tracks the Morehouse family, with melodramatic elements such as a sister in love with her adopted brother.
The series debuted with two consecutive installments Thursday and will air the remaining episodes over the next four weeks.