Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Starz Nails Down "Spartacus" Ratings

The Starz gladiator TV series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" wrapped its first 13-episode season with an audience of 1.23 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The accumulated number for the show's telecast has grown from 1.34 million viewers in its debut to 2.24 million for the April 9 finale episode.

"Spartacus," executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight for Starz Media, was renewed for a second season before its debut.

"Spartacus" is a Thracian soldier who volunteers to fight in the Roman Auxiliary against a common enemy of Thrace and Rome. As his punishment for defying Roman commander 'Legatus Claudius Glaber', he is sentenced to die in the gladiatorial arena, but against all odds kills four gladiators and survives. His sentence is commuted to slavery and he is bought by 'Batiatus' to be trained as a gladiator in his 'ludus', hoping to be reunited one day with his kidnapped wife.

Sneak Peek the entire episode #1, "The Red Serpent" in HD here, where a Thracian warrior with no name and his fellow fighters align themselves with Rome to protect their homeland, until disenchantment with the Romans sets in.

Sneak Peek the entire episode #2, "Sacramentum Gladiatorum" in HD here, with the newly-named 'Spartacus', starting his brutal training in the gladiatorial arts at the 'ludus' of Batiatus.

The series premiered January 22, 2010 rated TV-MA for graphic violence, strong sexual content, and major profanity. December 22, 2009, it was announced that the show was renewed for a second season before its debut.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Spartacus: Blood And Sand"...