Showtime’s Heavily Hyped ‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere: Maybe 26 Years Was Too Long to Wait

May 23, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Showtime’s eagerly anticipated and heavily hyped reboot of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” premiered Sunday, with the turnout suggesting that a quarter-century-plus may have been too long a wait for the show’s fans.

The original ABC series went off the air almost 26 years ago after a two-season run, but many of the original cast members from the landmark show reunited for the new Showtime project.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that just 506,000 total viewers showed up for Sunday’s two-hour premiere, which delivered a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49.

“It finished well out of the Top 25 original shows on cable for the day,” the report notes. “Both its premium cable competitors, ‘The Leftovers’ on HBO (0.3, 770,000) and ‘American Gods’ on Starz (0.3, 631,000), drew somewhat larger audiences — as did the likes of ‘Keeping Up with the Karadashians’ (0.6, 1.33 million) and ‘Naked and Afraid’ (0.6, 1.99 million).”

The report notes that a replay of the “Twin Peaks” premiere delivered another 120,000 viewers. “Showtime says streaming and on-demand viewing added 450,000 more viewers for a nightly total of 1.08 million,” TVbytheNumbers adds.


  1. This must be a record for the biggest promotion for a program that received ratings that low. This show was promoted in every newspaper and almost every television news and entertainment news program as well as hundreds of websites. With as much publicity as it received you would have expected a higher number, just from those who were sampling out of curiosity. One more example that people aren’t interested in the remakes that keep being pushed at us.

  2. I am one who has recorded it, but plan to binge watch several when time allows. I also still need to go back to the old episodes and refresh my memory of all of the characters after all of these years.

  3. Played it back Monday morning. Phew, what a stinker. Twin Peaks was an awful mess in 1990; it’s an even worse mess now. What a waste of talent and resources. A stinking, ridiculous mess.

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