Ratings: Yellowstone, The InBetween, and Queen Sugar

As we kick off this ratings report, let’s move our focus over to Yellowstone … otherwise known as a series that, ratings-wise, we’ve had some excitement to check out for some time.

Were there more viewers who managed to get on board the show through its season 1 hiatus? After seeing the numbers for the premiere episode, the results are mixed, but there’s certainly still a lot for Paramount Network to be happy about. The first episode posted a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is actually an improvement over where it was for the series premiere last year. It was down in total viewers (finishing with just over 2.4 million), but given that live demo viewers are what most networks care about the most, we feel like executives are probably fairly pleased with some of this news. There is, after all, very little reason for them not to be.

Meanwhile, Yellowstone season 2 is up both in terms of viewers and the demo from season 1, not that this is a trend we necessarily think will last. One of the trends that we’ve certainly seen over the years is that premieres post higher numbers, followed by a slide soon after the fact. That will probably happen here, as well, but it’s a decent start for season 2.

Also, if you haven’t heard, Yellowstone was already renewed for a season 3.

As for some other ratings news…

The InBetween – Wednesday night’s new episode, the third of the season, slipped down to a 0.4 rating. It’s a shame that things are trending downward for this show, and it’s also equally a shame that we don’t see the metaphorical bleeding stopping anytime soon. The sad reality here is mostly just that it’s going to be off next week because of a debate and then following that, it’ll return to air right around the time of the July 4 holiday. None of this bodes altogether well when it comes to the long-term future of the series.

Queen Sugar – While the OWN series fell slightly in viewers in its second episode of season 4, the good news is that it stayed reasonably steady in terms of its demo rating. We’re not altogether worried about it getting a season 5, but it’s still nice to see it hold fairly steady after the premiere. It’s going to need some of that consistently in the long-term and judging from where we are right now in the show — coupled with where we’re going after the surprise guest coming up next week — we think there’s going to be some nice momentum here.

The surprise winner in the ratings right now

It’s clearly the revival of Press Your Luck over on ABC, which is clearly making them some big bucks with a 0.9 rating in the demo for this past episode. We have a feeling that this is further validation for the network’s game-show themed summer lineup.

What do you think about this latest batch of ratings? Be sure to share right away in the comments. (Photo: Paramount Network.)

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