TV ratings: Spartacus lifts Bravo - Heavily promoted US import gets 10 times channel's average for slot – but is only 15th most-watched thing on multichannel
The UK premiere of the graphic sex and sandals drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand gave Bravo its biggest ever audience last night, Tuesday 25 May.
The heavily promoted US import, described by the Radio Times as "a blur of boobs and bullet-time camerawork" and "a swords-and-sandals epic for the Nintendo DS generation", was broadcast on Bravo between 10pm and 11.15pm, attracting 365,000 viewers a 2.2% audience share.
Bravo's previous highest audience was for an episode of Blade broadcast in January 2007.
Spartacus delivered a huge ratings boost to Bravo, with an audience share nearly 10 times the network's average for the slot over the past three months. This was by far the best performance by this comparison of any multichannel show yesterday.