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‘Yellowstone’ Season Two Premiere Draws 5 Million Total Viewers, Making It Cable’s Most-Watched Original Telecast This Summer

Jun 24, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Press release from Paramount, June 24, 2019:

With updated L+3 viewing numbers, the season two premiere of Paramount Network’s hit series Yellowstone continues to break brand and series records, reaching record-high ratings across all key demos. With more than 5 million total viewers tuning in, Yellowstone is the most-watched premiere in the history of the brand (covering both Paramount Network and Spike TV). Total viewers jumped +109% over LSD viewership for the season two premiere and increased +6% from the 2018 series premiere in L+3. Against the competitive landscape, Yellowstone ranks as the most-watched original cable telecast this summer and the highest-rated original cable telecast of the summer among P25-54, M25-54, and M18-49 (excluding sports and news).

The season two premiere recorded a 1.7 rating for P18-49; a 1.79 M18-49 rating; a 1.61 rating among W18-49; a 2.49 rating among P25-54; a 2.67 M25-54 rating; and a 2.31 rating among W25-54. All demo ratings represent significant growth from both the season one premiere and initial LSD ratings for the season two premiere. L+3 ratings for the Yellowstone season two premiere are included below:

  • P18-49: 1.7 rating (+49% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +116% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)
  • M18-49: 1.79 rating (+48% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +101% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)
  • W18-49: 1.61 rating (+50% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +134% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)
  • P25-54: 2.5 rating (+47% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +120% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)
  • M25-54: 2.67 rating (+49% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +109% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)
  • W25-54: 2.3 rating (+46% vs. L+3 S1 premiere; +133% vs. L+SD S2 premiere)

For June 19, Yellowstone was the #1 most social cable drama, with 45,000 interactions. On Twitter, the series recorded 20,000 mentions, 10x greater from the series premiere. New episodes air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Paramount Network recently ordered a 10-episode third season of the series. Yellowstone stars world-renowned actor and Oscar(R)-winner Kevin Costner as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Yellowstone is co-created by critically-acclaimed, Oscar(R)-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water and Sicario), and John Linson.The impressive cast list for Yellowstone also includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Hustonand Gil Birmingham. Neal McDonough joined the cast for season two.

Yellowstone headlines Paramount Network’s scripted roster, which also includes the following upcoming projects: Paradise Lost (working title) starring Josh Hartnett; 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment; and the new Darren Star series Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins.

The Paramount Network original drama is co-produced by 101 Studios. Executive producers for Yellowstone are John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin Costner, David C. Glasser and Bob Yari.

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