Starz’s Spartacus: Vengeance premiered Friday night to 1.4 million viewers at 10 PM. That was up 10% from last January’s premiere of prequel Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, which in turn was up 66% from the January 2010 debut of Spartacus: Blood And Sand. Including weekend, on-demand and online viewing, the Spartacus: Vengeance premiere has been seen by more than 4 million viewers. Spartacus — starring Liam McIntyre, who replaced the late Andy Whitfield in the title role — has already been renewed for a third season.
Meanwhile, last night’s Season 4 finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York, in which Kim Kardashian ponders divorce, scored the series’ highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever, averaging nearly 4.5 million total viewers. It was E!’s third-most-watched telecast in history total viewers and key demos, among adults 18-49 (3.3 million), women 18-34 (1.6 million) and women 18-49 (2.5 million). Immediately following, the Season 2 finale of After Lately at 11 PM scored its own series’ highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever, averaging over 1.7 million total viewers. Also on Sunday, E!’s Live From The Red Carpet: The 2012 SAG Awards hosted by Giuliana Rancic, Ross Matthews and Kelly Osborne from 6-8 PM EST delivered nearly 1.5 million total viewers, the highest ever for E!’s SAG Awards coverage and up 22% vs. last year.