Keith Staskiewicz
March 16, 2010 AT 09:22 PM EDT

The Pacific, the latest Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks WWII epic miniseries, raked in 3.1 million viewers Sunday night for its premiere episode, the first of 10. While that’s better than the premiere of HBO’s previous effort John Adams, the miniseries likely amassed a smaller army of watchers than its European-theater predecessor Band of Brothers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ratings aren’t as crucial for a channel like HBO with no advertising, which hopes to use the $200 million dollar project as both a flagship of quality and a boost to expanding its subscriber base.

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