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

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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