The boy king delivered some almost pyramid-sized results for Spike last night in its big return to scripted television. With 1.7 million tuning in for the first night of Tut, the cable network hit its biggest Sunday night primetime audience since May 25, 2008. That was when an airing of the 1983 pic Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi drew an audience of 2.2 million in the 9 -11 PM slot. Co-starring Sir Ben Kingsley, the 9 – 10:54 PM show Sunday of the 3-night Muse Entertainment produced event series pulled in an adults 18-49 rating of 0.6 last night. Perhaps more compelling for Spike is that total viewership for last night’s first part of the 6-hour series was up over 123% over last week’s primetime average.

“We are thrilled that Tut resonated with viewers and delivered a big audience for Spike’s first scripted event series in almost a decade,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s EVP Original Series. “The big numbers are a testament the hard work and creativity of the incredible cast and crew of Tut.”

In total, the debut and two encore broadcasts of Tut had 2.6 million viewers. More of the short life of Tutankhamen with the Oscar winner and Avan Jogia as the title character returns tonight on Spike.