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Spartacus: Starz Big Premiere Ratings; Cancel or Keep It?

Spartacus: Blood and SandWith much hoopla and some mixed reviews, Starz debuted their new original series, Spartacus, over the weekend. Did many watch? Will it survive?

The first season of the series, titled Spartacus: Blood and Sand, follows the legendary Roman gladiator with newcomer Andy Whitfield in the title role. The gritty series features the talents of Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker, Jai Courtney, Erin Cummings, Nick E. Tarabay, and Antonio Te Maioho.

According to THR, the series premiere of Spartacus drew 553,000 viewers on Starz and another 460,000 on Encore.

Is Spartacus worth watching?

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While those figures aren’t very big, they do represent Starz’s best performance in the pay-per-view channel’s short history of producing original series.

Starz estimates that viewership for the first episode, once re-showings and DVR viewing are added in, will surpass two million total viewers. It’s unknown if that number includes official online viewing via outlets like Netflix. The real test, of course, will be to see if viewership grows or falls in the coming weeks.

The series has already been renewed for a second season of 13 episodes so there’s no doubt that it’ll be back for season two.

But, what do you think? Is it worth watching or is the show finished in your house? Cancel or keep it?


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Asti Household November 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

We think that Sam Worthington should be the next Spartacus! Take it into consideration!!


Anonymous October 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

No other series is better than this one… Spartacus freaking ROCKS!!!! Ahhhhhhhggghhhh….!!


Ferencd September 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I love the series and am disapointed whitfield came down with cancer and their postponing season 2. Season one ended great


Anonymous September 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

love it


El Gran Matador September 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

This show has made it to be my favorite 1 hour show ever. It starts Jan. 22 so be ready for vengeance.


Mary Jo September 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I have never gotten so totally hooked on a show in my entire 60 years of life. This show has been incredable. I cant w8 2 c if there is going to be a sequel and when. ]


TakeThaT August 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

best series ever watched it twice AS ROME must bow to this series


jimmy August 2, 2010 at 3:21 am

the best series ever made we need a second,third, fourth and fifth season two…wow!!!……freaking amazing


Pauline July 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!! Bring him back, can’t wait to see the second season.


jackie July 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

they would be fools not to have a 2nd season..this rocks my socks off


Roland July 3, 2010 at 5:57 am

Spartacus is the best series to come along in years, it keeps you on edge! I hope it contiues for as long as it takes.


Geoff Kaven June 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love it. I was very surprised to see it available on Netflix right off the bat. One reason I kept netflix after exhausting all other old shows.


michael davis June 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

when will the next season start


Tammy Douglas June 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Absolutely keep on keeping on….Love Spartacus


Patrick June 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Yes…..this is the best series yet. I loved it. Come on second season!!!!!


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