Ratings: USA Rookie Drama ‘Mr. Robot’ Surges in Week Two

Mr Robot Ratings
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The audience for USA drama “Mr. Robot” grew nicely in its second week, making the show among the year’s top-rated cable series launches.

In Nielsen’s Live+3 estimates, which include same-night viewing and DVR playback within three days, the July 1 episode of “Mr. Robot” averaged a 1.11 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall. It shot up 36% in the demo and 13% in total viewers from the show’s June 24 premiere.

That pilot episode of “Mr. Robot” was released early online, and may have cut into the same-night ratings for the show’s linear premiere. USA estimated that the premiere had garnered about 3 million views across multiple non-linear platforms in the four weeks before it bowed on the network.

In adults 18-49, “Mr. Robot” has become the calendar year’s No. 2 scripted series premiere on cable — behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” In Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” ratings, the second episode of “Mr. Robot” averaged a 0.55 rating, up 20% from its premiere (0.49) retaining 93% of its lead-in from veteran “Suits” (0.59).

The well-reviewed drama, which has already been renewed for a second season, follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Christian Slater stars as the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group.

Review: ‘Mr. Robot’

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  1. Jeff Faria says:

    I think it’s an outstanding show. I also think it may have a problem reaching beyond its core audience. A look at its Twitter following (the first thing Elliot would do, no doubt) reveals its viewers to be solidly among these groups: IT professionals, hackers, gamers, hardcore tech enthusiasts, early adopters. If the producers figured they could pick up this audience segment fairly easily, and be content with those numbers, the show is already a big win (and good for them). But if they figured this was a base they could build on, as ‘The Matrix’ once did, I think they’re facing a strong headwind. As I say, I love the show (I recommend it at every opportunity), but I am probably not the average TV viewer.

  2. Ryan says:

    Mr. Robot has some of the most aweful acting I have ever seen. I could do better than rami Malek if I was really smacked out on morphine and high on weed at the same time. Where did they find this guy. It was obviously a school of retards.

    • cjaybo says:

      If you can’t spell awful, while presenting yourself like a childish, wannabe hipster, then don’t be surprised when people think you’re an idiot. The acting in this show has been fantastic, especially Rami’s performance. The overwhelming majority of critics and review columnists highly agree, and they are much more qualified than you or I. Given your childish ability to communicate and poor use of the English language, I would guess that about 90% of the show’s substance is flying straight over your head. You clearly don’t understand the effects of opiates in addicts who are physically dependent upon them, and you certainly don’t have a grasp on both the explicit and the implied state of Elliot’s mental condition which dictates his behavior and perception (and therefore the acting performance required by Rami). Not to mention the fact that despite this being his first leading role (which, by the way, makes it all the more impressive that Rami is killing it) he has been in plenty of notable films and shows, so if you weren’t familiar with him then that’s on you- but you’re a pro at analyzing acting performances so surely you have seen at least the larger budget releases he’s been a part of.. /s. If you’re too ignorant to appreciate the explicit and overtly implied aspects of the show, then you’re definitely not picking up on the subtle elements that have made this show so unique and fantastic. Perhaps you should just go watch some Family Guy- the formulaic nature shouldn’t confuse you too much.

  3. cher says:

    Well we liked it to begin with but these last two has lost are viewing> The starting plot was great but last two not at all .

  4. Shawn Soup says:

    Elliot is Mr Robot

  5. Paula says:

    Mr.Robot is the best show on tv.Smart, awesome writing, wonderfully acted, and truthfully deals with our inequality issues of today!

  6. Great! The show is awesome.

  7. Cool to see Christian working in something good again

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