After a year-and-a-half break, HBO’s drama Westworld opened its second season with 2.1 million viewers at 9 PM Sunday night. That was up 5% from the AI series’ linear debut in fall 2016. With the same-night replay and streaming on HBO GO/NOW factored in, the Season 2 opener’s viewership grew to 3 million viewers. That was a tad below the 3.3 average for the series premiere, which included two premiere night replays vs. one for the Season 2 opener.
Compared with the Season 1 average, the Season 2 debut of Westworld was up 13%.
Delayed viewing plays a major role in the cume for Westworld, whose first season garnered nearly 80% of its audience post-premiere night, lifting its average to a record 13.2 million viewers — the biggest debut season of any series in HBO’s history. On digital platforms, the sophomore drama draws the second-biggest premiere night viewing behind mega hit Game of Thrones.