NEW YORK (AP) — There’s nothing like a backwoods blood feud to excite television viewers.
The Nielsen company said that the first part of the History network’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” was seen by 13.9 million viewers on Memorial Day. Add in History’s immediate repeat that night, and more than 17 million saw the tale.
Those are huge numbers in the cable television world. No scripted series on the broadcast networks last week came close. By contrast, Fox’s series finale of “House” last week reached 8.7 million people.
“Hatfields & McCoys” has a couple of big-name stars in Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton and is airing over three nights in two-hour chunks.
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