TV Ratings: ‘Westworld’ Premiere Matches ‘True Detective’ Season 1

Westworld
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Westworld” came out of the gate strong for HBO.

The sci-fi drama from executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy drew 3.3 million total viewers across cable and digital platforms Sunday night. That makes it the best debut for a new HBO show since 2014’s premiere of “True Detective,” which also drew 3.3 million viewers multiplatform. “Westworld” also more than doubled the live-plus-same day multiplatform viewing for HBO’s last new drama, “Vinyl,” which drew 1.4 million viewers. That show was canceled in June on the heels of a season that drew poor ratings and bad reviews.

The premiere numbers for “Westworld” are strong, but not yet near the neighborhood of HBO’s most popular show, “Game of Thrones,” which HBO claimed in data provided to USA Today in June averaged 23.3 million viewers across all platforms for its sixth season.

Executive produced by Nolan, Joy, and J.J. Abrams, “Westworld” is based on the 1973 film by Michael Crichton about a theme park populated with human-like robots. The series stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Rodrigo Santoro. It is the first new drama to premiere on HBO since Casey Bloys was promoted to entertainment president of the cable channel in May.

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  1. Phil Hawkins says:

    Question; Why is reading an article in Variety like playing dodgeball? Constantly having to click off ads and reposition the page because of ads inserting constantly into your text. This site has degenerated into more click bait and less editorial! F****** irritating. C’mon, Variety, have some class.

    • Angus says:

      I totally agree with Phil and YES I am using ad-block, for what it’s worth it
      …sucks Hillary turds ! Irritating as F__k!

    • Dunstan says:

      Phil, I don’t see any of the ads you refer to. Are you using Ad Block +? I am and have no such issues.

  2. Ken says:

    Watched Westward in anticipation. Unlikely view it again. Just weird.

  3. adam says:

    What a stupid and unnecessary comment by the author about Westworld not having ratings anywhere near that of GOT. Westworld doesn’t need to compete with GOT and it is a much more niche show by comparison.

  4. IT--II--IT says:

    INTEL RUN Hollywood with yet another franchise slum add on.

    BULLLLEH

    WHO asked for IT ?

    WHO NEEDS IT ?

    In fact, come to think of it, WHO ever needed IT ?

  5. Jack says:

    Dammit, Variety! Get your links fixed, already! Only damn website where my comments don’t match-up

  6. Sonny Skyhawk says:

    I am hoping that more Native contributions are included and that we are asked for our input and advice. Thank you. (AIFT) American Indians in Film & Television.

    • Sonny,

      You do understand that this is based on a fictionalized Wild West which would likely include depictions of American Indians that may range from stereotypical to completely socially ignorant.

      Are you sure you want your association to be involved in that?

  7. Ruth Deutsch says:

    I hope it’s going to expand out in some interesting, non-predictable ways as the hosts and newcomers interact. Otherwise it will be a ghost town, without Casper.

    • Sonny Skyhawk says:

      “Hollywood” has taken the license to FICTIONALIZE our people’s history and images for the last 120 years. I see having some input as a plus, rather than having none at all. We are capable of making our own determinations, but thank you for the head-up.

  8. Arnie Tracey says:

    A bit of a time loop, ala “Groundhog Day.” but it had me hypnotized.

    Rating outta 100 = 92%

    • Jack says:

      Who is “Hollywood”? You know you are referring to millions of unique individuals in the last 120 years, right? Wouldn’t that be more like “Society”? Or “Non-Psycho Mid-West or SJW Americans”?

    • I'll have a whiskey says:

      But do you really care about a single character?

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