What’s with the Westworld season 2 live ratings slide?

WestworldRemember when the Westworld season 2 premiere drew just over 2 million viewers and the show’s fourth-biggest audience ever? Well, at least in terms of the live+same-day ratings, something has transpired since then. The show’s lost a little bit of its ratings steam, and has actually declined every single week in total viewers.

Is that just because this is a show so particularly dense that it is difficult to keep up with it? That’s certainly one argument you can make; however, another is just that it’s springtime, and it is also much harder to watch shows live at this point than it is in the fall. While the decline in the show’s live ratings may not look altogether great, it’s actually not as bad as it may seem on the surface.

For example, consider this: Westworld is only down around 10% at the moment in live viewers than it was from season 1. Also, the series-low viewer total from last week (where the show brought in just over 1.1 million viewers) was largely a symptom of it airing over Memorial Day Weekend. We would be shocked if the numbers go that low again all things considered.

Why bring all of this to your attention right now anyway? Ultimately, it’s to paint a picture of a show that needs to get a nice little turnaround in the numbers later this season to have the narrative of a must-watch show like Game of Thrones where viewers thrive watching it the moment it is available. In terms of the long-term success here, there is really nothing to worry about. Westworld already has a season 3, for starters, and beyond that the majority of the people who do watch it watch after the fact. Ultimately, it’s just in the midst of a strange ratings trend since there are very few shows out there who actually lose live viewers consecutively for the first six weeks straight.

What do you think is going on with the Westworld live ratings, and do you think that there are people out there just watching the series via some different means? Be sure to share below.

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