When it comes to eyeballs watching its premiere airing on HBO on Sunday, Westworld is south of both season debuts of True Detective but well north of the now shuttered Vinyl. The 9PM October 2 opener of the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy developed series based on based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name snared 1.96 million total viewers with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49.
Overall, as Deadline reported yesterday,and telling of 2016 TV habits, the heavily promoted Westworld premiere drew 3.3 million viewers in its TV shows and on the HBO Go/HBO Now streaming platforms. A competitive Sunday also saw the cable topping 2-hour Season 2 finale of Fear The Walking Dead on AMC and a very lopsided game on the big winner of Sunday Night Football on NBC. Westworld was the third highest rated show on cable on October 2 after the two back-t0-back episodes of FearTWD‘s season ender.
Looking at linear viewership, the just over 1-hour Westworld opener was up a massive 157% from the February 14 debut of the nearly 2-hour Martin Scorsese-helmed Vinyl. However, when placed next to the start of HBO’s other most recent big ticket drama True Detective, Westworld is down 16% from the January 12, 2014 Season 1 debut of the Nic Pizzolatto created series. Compared to the Season 2 start of True Detective on June 21 last year, the Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Woods starring robot theme park show was behind by 38% in total viewers.
HBO is expected to release Live+3 numbers for the Westworld opener later this week. The series will be showing its second episode at New York Comic-Con on October 9, a tad earlier than its airing on the premium cabler.