HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver wrapped its first season Sunday night with an average of 796,000 viewers tuning in to the episode’s first telecast at 11:15 PM — up 32% from last week, and the program’s most watched episode-premiere telecast since September 21. For the night, the show tallied 846,000 viewers. Over its first season, John Oliver’s show clocked an average gross audience of 4 million viewers, putting it on par with HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher.
In April, Oliver‘s debut as host of Last Week Tonight opened strong with 1.1 million viewers tuned in at 11 PM. A second play lifted the show’s total for that night to 1.4 million. The 1.1 mil is an improvement of 51% over the timeslot’s average. (For comparison sake: the previous week on Comedy Central, which is available in more than three times as many homes as HBO, The Daily Show had averaged 1.5 million viewers for its 11 PM premieres and The Colbert Report had averaged 1.2 million viewers at 11:30 PM.) LWT logged that 1.1 million in its initial play off a Veep lead-in of 922,000 viewers at 10:30 PM (which rose to 1.2 million with an additional replay).