There was money, loyalty, love and betrayal all over the place in the return of Power, the Starz series starring and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. With 1.43 million viewers, the 9 PM Season 2 debut on Saturday, Power now ranks as the most-watched Starz original series season debut in the channel’s history. The record was held by the premiere of Spartacus: Vengeance on January 27, 2013, which drew 1.39 million. Perhaps more impressively, the Season 2 launch of Power was up 209% from its Season 1 debut on June 7 last year. The Season 2 opener is also up 32% from the first cycle’s finale August 2.
Over all of Power’s plays this weekend, the show brought in 3.62 million viewers, up 79% from the Season 1 premiere weekend and a 47% jump over the finale weekend. That also makes it the most watched original series episode ever for the channel, again topping Spartacus: Vengeance, which had 3.3 million in its opening days in early 2012.