While there are live+same day ratings posted for HBO shows over the course of the year, these numbers are always clearly deceptive in terms of total audiences. After all, the majority of the subscribers who have the network likely have either HBO GO or a DVR, and can watch the shows whenever they want.
Therefore, we’re rather thrilled that the network continues to release more extended viewing numbers with many of their shows, much as they have done today with their summer lineup.
“The Night Of” – Overall, the first-year series is average around 7 million viewers an episode so far, which is rather outstanding given that it doesn’t have a significant amount of star power and was not promoted with an enormous campaign. Promos are listing the next new episode as the series finale, and while that may be true for now, we do very well know that it could change at any time.
“Ballers” – The Dwayne Johnson show is apparently the network’s top-rated half-hour series, bringing in on average 7.1 million viewers weekly. That’s further evidence as to why the show has already ordered a third season.
“Vice Principals” – Meanwhile, the Danny McBride – Walton Goggins comedy has brought in as a whole 5.4 million viewers weekly, which is better than any of the seasons of McBride’s previous show on the network in “Eastbound & Down.” While the idea here is for this to be a relatively short series, we’re still sure that HBO loves the numbers.
In a statement talking the numbers, the network’s programming president Casey Bloys had the following to say:
“Considering the competition from the Olympics, it is incredibly satisfying to see THE NIGHT OF break through and enjoy word-of-mouth momentum going into this weekend’s finale. Followed by the comedy pairing of BALLERS and VICE PRINCIPALS, we saw great success from our summer lineup.”
In the end, we’ll have further stories all about these shows over the course of the coming days, so stay tuned! Also, sign up over here to get some other TV news on all we cover via our official CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: HBO.)