Bonnie and Clyde premiered last night and the ratings are in for the first half of the two-part mini-series. It earned over 9 million total viewers counting all three stations it aired on; A&E, Lifetime Network, and The History Channel. It ended up dominating in what is considered the key desired demographic of viewers aged 25-54 and it also was the lead topic on most social media sites.
With the ratings score it racked up, this made it the third-best mini-series ever to open on cable. The History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys and The Bible hold the two spots which are above it.
As was already mentioned, it was a major force on social media sites. Bonnie and Clyde was the top tweeted about program for the majority of the day, stated the Nielsen Social Guide. However that excludes sports. It was also ranked as being number one in Google Trends on Sunday, by having more than half a million web searches. The very high interest in the series sent almost 425,000 visitors to the A&E Network website.
The miniseries stars Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch in the two main roles. The movie trails each of them as they meet and then become the infamous criminals they were known as being. It explains the crime spree that captured the fascination of America in the early 1930’s.
After viewing the first part of the movie, it seems that Hirsch was a very good choice to play Clyde Barrow for the audience of today. The 28-year-old was able to portray both boyish charms along with cruel ruthlessness. This made up in a fully rounded character, which viewers are likely to be much more compassionate about than they probably expected to.
Grainger is a British actress, and also appears to have been a perfect choice for the role she was given. Her portrayal of Bonnie Parker is both on fire and daring. She is also very compelling to watch.
The scenery was also extremely gorgeous, as it was true, there was a lot of Big Texas sky, lush green foliage, and seeing the characters spend so much time outdoors, it was as if a person could feel the heat of summer through the television screen. It was definitely a good way to spend a couple hours forgetting the deep chill of winter just on the other side of the door. It was also a nice escape for a while, and that is the main reason any movie should be made.
There were also additional outstanding performances from stars like William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Lane Garrison, Elizabeth Reaser and Sarah Hyland. So this means there is a lot to enjoy about this cable TV version of Bonnie and Clyde, even when the two really mean killers are up to no good.
Part 2 airs Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times and at 8 p.m. Central time on A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime Network. It remains to be seen if Bonnie and Clyde premiere ratings stay high.
By Kimberly Ruble