It looks like Adrien Brody’s magic lessons paid off.
Part one of Houdini garnered 3.7 million viewers last night, making it the most-viewed cable miniseries of this year. History Channel’s take on the storied magician chronicles his life of fame, espionage, and infamous stunts, and is based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer.
Houdini’s premiere is a soft opening in comparison to the History Channel’s previous slate of miniseries, which have reached ratings peaks. In 2012, Hatfields & McCoys garnered 13.9 million viewers over a Memorial Day weekend, drawing one of the largest ratings in cable television, and in 2013, The Bible attracted 10.8 million viewers.
The History Channel has another miniseries burning on its slate, Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which is set to premiere in 2015.
Part two of Houdini will conclude tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.