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Ratings: HBO’s “Westworld” Falls From Season Premiere

HBO’s “Westworld” endured week-to-week losses in adults 18-49 and overall viewership.

Westworld | John P Johnson/HBO

This Sunday’s “Westworld” drew a smaller live+same-day audience than the second season premiere.

According to live+same-day data posted by Showbuzz, the April 29 “Westworld” posted a 0.72 adults 18-49 rating. It averaged 1.85 million overall viewers.

The numbers trail the 0.89 rating and 2.06 million viewer mark garnered by the season two premiere.

As “Westworld” receives huge lifts from DVR, streaming, encore and on-demand viewership (not to mention generates considerable buzz), one would have a hard time denying its standing as a successful TV series. Those factors are particularly important for HBO, which generates revenue from subscriptions rather than advertising (and thus has reason to focus more on total viewership than live+same-day numbers).

It nonetheless is not breaking out as a blockbuster live+same-day attraction. This week’s live+same-day performance does not, in fact, reflect significant growth from the first season average (it was up slightly in viewers but actually down from the average adults 18-49 performance).

“Westworld” did, however, fare well from a competitive standpoint. It was Sunday’s #2 cable original in adults 18-49, trailing only AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead.”

— “Westworld” led into “Silicon Valley” (0.46, 1.02 million) and “Barry” (0.19, 0.56 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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