With its eighth and final episode scheduled for Sunday, “The Night Of” is averaging 7 million total viewers per episode across multiple platforms, according to HBO. Viewership has grown week-to-week for each of the limited series’ last four episodes, despite competition in recent weeks from the Summer Olympics on NBC and its related cable networks. Last Sunday’s episode grew 25% from the previous week.
Comedy series “Ballers” is averaging 7.1 million viewers as it heads toward its season-two finale Sept. 25. The show continues to be HBO’s most-watched half-hour series.
Season three of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is averaging 5.6 million viewers, up from 4.7 million last season. Freshman comedy “Vice Principals” is averaging 5.4 million total viewers. “Real Time With Bill Maher” is averaging 4.4 million — delivering its most watched season since it premiered in 2003.
“The Night Of” and “Vice Principals” in particular are getting big boosts from digital and on-demand platforms. For the former, 22% of all viewing comes from streaming services HBO Now and HBO Go and 18% from HBO On Demand. For the latter, 25% hails from the streaming services and 16% from on demand.
“Ballers” relies more heavily on live and DVR viewing, with 17% digital and 16% on demand. “Last Week Tonight,” with its topical commentary format, is 15% digital and 7% on demand.