'Bonnie & Clyde' nabs high ratings for A&E

"Bonnie & Clyde" made off with huge ratings Sunday on A&E, despite critics complaints about historical inaccuracies.
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Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Proving once again that audiences prefer excitement and drama over historical details, A&E's Bonnie & Clyde caper garnered high ratings for the cable network, which also simulcast the drama on Lifetime and History.

The first installment of the two-part miniseries aired Sunday night and drew 9.8 viewers, making it the third-highest rated cable miniseries since 2006. Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible drew 14 million and 13.1 million respective viewers on their first nights.

Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger play the notorious outlaws, though A&E's version takes certain liberties with their true history.

Boston Herald critic Mark Perigard questioned the History channel's decision to air a film that portrays Bonnie as a "femme fatale" and Clyde as a prescient man who wants to start a family.

"You expect this sort of half-hearted attention to reality from Lifetime, but History, really?" Perigard wrote.

"We weren’t interested in doing a documentary," co-writer John Rice told The Wrap.

Even the best documentary isn’t actually true with a capital T. There’s opinions and points of view. Ultimately, we’re dramatists and we’re trying to tell a story. We don’t just want to write down the facts. Hell, anyone can do that. We’re interested in telling a tale, taking people on a ride and we think we did.

Bonnie & Clyde concludes Monday night at 9 pm eastern.

[Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News,

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