‘Spartacus,’ Growing Audience, Bucks Cable Trend of Dwindling Viewers For Scripted Shows

Apr 7, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Starz’ "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is bucking the general trend on scripted cable shows of losing viewers this season, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Since its debut of just 659,000 viewers, the program has recently attracted as many as 1.3 million viewers, doubling its audience.

But other cable shows haven’t been as lucky, reports THR. "Breaking Bad" on AMC attracted 2 million viewers in its season premiere, but has since dropped to 1.5 million and 1.3 million viewers in subsequent episodes. FX’s "Justified" has dropped to 2.3 million viewers from its premiere of 4.2 million.

"Spartacus" has gotten a second season order, although the program’s production is on hiatus as star Andy Whitfield is treated for cancer, THR says.

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