Killing Jesus drama breaks Nat Geo records


National Geographic drama Killing Jesus pulled the biggest US audience in the channel’s history at 3.7m viewers on Sunday.

According to Deadline, the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus, pulled a 1.0 rating in adults 25-54, the highest rating for that demo since the 2013 premiere of O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy.

Killing Kennedy nabbed 3.4 million viewers in 2013 launch, and Killing Lincoln, both by O’Reilly, had 3.35m in 2013.

Killing Jesus features Kelsey Grammer as King Herod the Great; Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate; Haaz Sleiman in the title role as Jesus; Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas; Emmanuelle Chriqui as Herodia; Eoin Macken as Antipas; and John Rhys Davies as Annas.

The 3 hour film will air globally in 171 countries and premiere in Australia 7:30pm Friday on NatGeo.


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