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'Spartacus' returns strong in ratings

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Spartacus is back — and so are his fans.

Starz’ Spartacus: Vengeance delivered 2.7 million viewers its opening weekend across multiple airings. That’s on par with the opening weekend of last year’s prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2.8 million) and up 10 percent if you just look at Friday night. This year another factor was at play, however, since about 1.4 million viewers streamed the Vengeance premiere online and via the network’s OnDemand service before the on-air telecast.

The launch sets up a potential record-setting season of the show, which has endured a couple years of struggle and uncertainty after losing its star Andy Whitfield to cancer. Newcomer Liam McIntyre took over the title role this season. Here’s our interview with the cast 

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