There’s still a lot of life in Killing Jesus, Fox News Channel learned on Good Friday. An average of 2.49 million viewers watched repeats of the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book on FNC that night. That’s a pretty impressive result in cable news, given that National Geographic Channel’s unveiling of Killing Jesus nabbed 3.7 million viewers across the previous Sunday night — the biggest audience in that network’s history.
An average of 1.86 million viewers watched Fox News’ Killing Jesus repeat at 9 PM Friday night, which made it the No. 1 telecast that night on all of cable news, both in overall audience and in the news demo. That’s up 24% over FNC’s Good Friday stats last year, and its 385,000 news-demo viewers represent an 84% bounce in the key metric. A second Good Friday replay, at 11 PM ET, brought in 626,000 viewers and 185,000 news demo viewers.
Meanwhile, FNC’s Friday Killing Jesus replays outstripped CNN’s series Finding Jesus, which had averaged 924,000 viewers and 297,000 news-demo viewers in its four-week telecast.