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.