We had a feeling that The Paramount Network was going to be pretty happy with Yellowstone season 2 based on its live premiere ratings alone, but now, they’re going to be thrilled.
According to some more viewership data that is come out via The Hollywood Reporter, the first episode of season 2, including repeats and a simulcast on CMT, have managed to draw 3.9 million viewers. Not only that, but the show is currently sitting on series highs in terms of both the 18-49 and 25-54 demographic. These are both huge demographics for Paramount Network, and they’re the sort of thing that makes you want to celebrate if you’re an executive. Hopefully, their celebrations are a little less wild than what we saw at the bar during the season 2 premiere.
As exciting as this is, in a lot of ways it is still scratching the surface for what Yellowstone season 2 could become when DVR viewing is factored in. A big part of what made the show’s first season an enormous success is so many people watching and catching up on it after the fact — some of its via DVR, and there’s another part of it that is streaming. The network reports that more than 5 million people on average watched episodes of the first season, and we expect that the grow even more when the numbers come in this time around. We’re in this era now where viewership is more based on what the viewer wants. It’s not solely based on that desire to watch things the moment that they’re on. Viewers want shows to cater more to their own personal schedule and that makes sense. If you’ve got the technology, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it in every possible way?
Paramount Network has already officially renewed Yellowstone for a season three, so in that sense, they’ve already given it a big stamp of approval. Yet, strong ratings the rest of the way this season could certainly help if to get an early season 4. This is the Paramount Network’s most successful show since the rebranding, so you have to imagine that they are going to embrace this and continue to pump out more Yellowstone as long as it makes sense for them. To us, that means as long as the story is good and the audience continues to be there to a certain extent. You don’t want to run the show for so long that it just becomes a blip on the radar on a shell of its former self.
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