A scene from The Bible
Lightworkers Media/Hearst Productions
03/05/2013 at 03:30 PM EST
Now playing on a TV near you, The Bible.
Produced by Touched by an Angel
actress Roma Downey and television producer Mark Burnett
– who created Survivor
, Celebrity Apprentice
and The Voice
– the 10-hour History channel docudrama
began Sunday night.
The series premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it cable television's no. 1 entertainment telecast of the year.
Based on biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation, the History channel says the "unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters."