Hatfields & McCoys Makes Cable Ratings History

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Part one of the Hatfields & McCoys mini-series made history for The History Channel last night.

The western-based drama - starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the feuding heads of two real-life, post-Civil War families - drew a (non-sports) cable ratings record of 13.9 million viewers on Memorial Day Eve.

Hatfields & McCoys Poster

“With all the success we have had at History, we felt strongly for some time that we should own historical drama, and in true History fashion, we have done it, with – pardon the pun – guns a-blazin!” said network president Nancy Dubuc in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud of the entire cast and crew … from Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Mare Winningham, Powers Boothe, Tom Berenger, and everyone involved in truly making history!”

Hatfields & McCoys airs Part Two and Part Three tonight and tomorrow night at 9/8c. You can read our exclusive interview with star Lindsay Pulsipher now to get an idea of what's in store.

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Not knowing anything about the Hatfield/McCoy feud I wanted to watch and was not disappointed. I did read up on the real Hatfield and McCoys and wow what a saga.


I remember the days of network mini series, they were always popular. A heck of a lot more popular than all these darned hiatuses they throw at us now. Even here on a cable network where there was no real advertising that most people would have seen. It had ratings the networks would kill for. Not to mention that it was also a very good show.