History’s The Bible keeps settings records: The epic miniseries sold a stunning 525,000 units during its first week of release on home video.
According to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, The Bible ranks as the fastest-selling TV title released on home video in the last five years, and ranks as the top miniseries title ever during its first week of release.
Sales topped the first week of best-selling TV titles such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, True Blood and NBC’s The Office, as well miniseries hits like HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
“We are humbled by the overwhelming response from audiences to The Bible miniseries,” said co-executive producers, husband and wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “First, the show was number one on History, now it is number one on Blu-ray and DVD and has been number one in every country in which it aired. We feel incredibly blessed that we were able to bring this amazing love story to life on the screen. It is our hope that folks everywhere will continue to be touched by the message of the Bible and cherish these stories at home with their families for years to come. This is just the beginning.”
Added 20th Century Fox’s Home Entertainment executive vp and GM for North America: “The Bible continues to reach a broad audience and in just its first week it became the #1 title at retail stores,” said Simon Swart. “It’s rare that a project comes along that touches millions of people in such an impactful way.”
The Bible was a surprise ratings hit during its recent run on History on Sunday nights. The 10-hour program closed out its run on Easter Sunday with a strong 11.7 million viewers.