The first episode of Ballers snared 8.9 million viewers across HBO’s platforms, making it the premium pay cabler’s most-watched first episode of a half-hour series since 2009.
From creator Stephen Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), Ballers looks at the lives of former and current football players, following former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Johnson), who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sunsoaked Miami. Cast also includes John David Washington, Omar Miller, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Rob Corddry.
Ballers debuted its 10-episode season Sunday, June 21 on HBO and currently debuts other episodes Sundays at 10 PM. Levinson and Johnson also exec produce, along with Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs.