‘Godfather’ rubs out Bravo record

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NEW YORK — America’s love affair with stories about the Mafia catapulted Bravo’s cablecast of “The Godfather” into the best Nielsen ratings in its 20-year history.

Driven by the scheduling ploy of laying in “Godfather” six days after HBO scored huge numbers for the premiere of the third season of “The Sopranos,” “The Godfather” racked up a 1.43 rating in cable homes from 8 to midnight Saturday on Bravo for 751,000 households.

That rating helped to propel Bravo to best weekly ratings in its history, a 0.6.

Bravo has scheduled the first two parts of “Godfather” for May 6-9, tying them in to an “Inside the Actors Studio” interview with the movie’s director Francis Ford Coppola and a “Bravo Profile” of one of the stars, Marlon Brando.

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