Spartacus

Spartacus: Blood and Sand has posted some bloody great premiere numbers for Starz.

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The gruesome series attracted 553,000 viewers on Starz and then an additional 460,000 on Encore on Friday, making it the network's most-watched series premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Starz's other original series, Crash, earned 185,000 viewers for its second-season premiere last fall.

Once DVR numbers and encore telecasts are accounted for, Starz projects the episode to top 2 million viewers.