Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton stars as Randall McCoy in History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys." (History / May 29, 2012)

History channel has a hit on its hands. More than 13.9 million viewers tuned into the first night of the network's first scripted miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys." And it premiered on the Memorial Day holiday no less.

According to the network, the premiere installment of the three-parter made history, becoming the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable TV history. More than 13.9 million total viewers watched, with 5.8 million adults ages 25-54 and 4.8 million adults ages 18-49. All that is based on Nielsen's fast-cable ratings, a release states.

More than 17 million people watched both the premiere and encore telecast Monday night. "Hatfields & McCoys" continues at 8 p.m. May 30 and 31 on History. It tells the story of the famous family fued that nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia after the Civil War.

Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Mare Winningham, Powers Boothe, Tom Berenger, Sarah Parish and Matt Barr, among others. Watch previews for the second and third installments below.

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