HBO’s “The Night Of” got off to a strong start, attracting 1.3 million total viewers across three broadcasts for its premiere Sunday night, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. According to HBO, the miniseries’ first installment was also viewed by 1.5 million people on demand and on digital platforms HBO Go and HBO Now in the two weeks leading up to the television premiere.
That would bring the total number of viewers to 2.8 million across platforms. Though the long rollout gave viewers ample chance to sample the premiere, it appears to have drawn stronger interest than HBO’s other recent miniseries efforts. Last year’s “Show Me a Hero,” from executive producer David Simon, debuted its first two hours to an average 0.44 million people — though that was for only one telecast, compared to three for “The Night Of.”
Created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, “The Night Of” tells the story of a complex murder case in New York City over the course of eight episodes. It has enjoyed positive critical reception. In her review for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote, “It is difficult not be swept up in the world ‘The Night Of’ creates. Creators Steven Zaillian and Richard Price quickly trap the viewer in the show’s distinctive, immersive atmosphere — a noir mystery for the modern world.”
“The Night Of” is executive produced by Peter Moffat, James Gandolfini, Jane Tranter, Price and Zaillian.