The Seth MacFarlane-hosted Academy Awards might have won more than 40 million viewers for ABC, but The History Channel is showing it can be a contender as well. Today the cable network is celebrating tremendous viewership for the first installment of its five-part miniseries, “The Bible,” which premiered last night. Roma Downey, who created the series with her  husband, Mark Burnett, tweeted the good news as well.

Viewers also managed to drive #TheBible to the top of Twitter’s trending list.