The History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” has already made history, drawing 13.9 million viewers on Monday night for its first installment, making it the “No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable history.”
So, OK, maybe that’s not the kind of stat you memorized in school, but 13.9 million people watching anything on television these days is a lot. On Memorial Day, it’s particularly impressive.
And like a studio blockbuster that keeps pumping out sequels, this one isn’t even over, with four more hours to go on Tuesday and Wednesday.
(Spoiler alert: The feud that inspired it, happily, has been over for some time.)
If you weren’t among the 17 million who watched either the original showing or its later encore, Sunday’s episode is being repeated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, before the second episode, which begins at 9.
Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton play the leaders of two backwoods families who engaged in a decades-long conflict in the 19th century that was at least partly triggered by a dispute over a misappropriated pig.