Terry Morrow: 'The Bible' is the answer to History's prayers

Moses (William Houston) and Joshua (Sean Knopp) have their faiths tested in “The Bible.”

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Moses (William Houston) and Joshua (Sean Knopp) have their faiths tested in “The Bible.”

Chances are that if you’re watching anything this weekend, it will be “60 Minutes,” “The Walking Dead” or “The Bible.”

Probably not in that order.

The latest U.S. Nielsens numbers, which includes network and cable figures, list some of the top 20 airings on weekend nights.

Here’s what the cool kids are watching (and you want to be cool, right?):

“60 Minutes” (7 p.m. Sunday, WVLT, Channel 8) leads the weekend viewing pack at No. 9 nationally with 11.58 million viewers.In the Knoxville market, “60 Minutes” scored a somewhat anemic 6.6 rating, good enough to win its time period.

Close behind is “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m. Sunday, AMC), attracting 11.46 million viewers.

It’s also cable’s most-watched weekly series and rests at No. 10.

Newcomer “The Bible” (8 p.m. Sunday, History), which will only air until Easter Sunday, is the No. 11 most popular program of the past week. It drew 10.82 million viewers. In total (and because History chooses to air the same episode more than once in a week), the channel claims more than 50 million viewers have seen “The Bible.”

“Over 50 million cumulative viewers have seen at least a portion of the series since it began on March 3 (includes nine telecasts across History and Lifetime),” a History release declared in all its glory.

A perked-up “Amazing Race 22” (8 p.m. Sunday, WVLT), resting at No. 16, had 9.27 million viewers, an amazing number for a program that has been on the air for almost two dozen seasons.

And rounding out the top 20’s most-viewed weekend options is “The Good Wife,” with 9.21 million watchers and ranking at No. 17. In Knoxville, “Wife” was a barn burner, mustering a 4.8 rating, second in its time slot.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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