HBO’s Watchmen ended its season with a Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) rainstorm of creatures, some shocking deaths, the fate of Dr. Manhattan, a cliffhanger for Regina King’s Angela Abar (aka Sister Knight) and some stellar ratings. Damon Lindelof’s adaptation — or should we say continuation? — of Alan Moore’s award-winning graphic novel hit a series high with its big finale, netting 1.6 million viewers across all HBO platforms.
In addition to being a buzzy, spoiler-laden topic on Twitter, the comic book series also had a series high of 935,000 viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast. That’s up 14% from last week and is a 17% boost from its series debut. On top of all that, the finale reached record highs for its preliminary digital premiere, marking 8% above last week and 31% above debut night. This all amounted to 1.6 million viewers, which is up 19% from last week.
Since its debut, Watchmen has proved to be a huge fan grab for the premium cabler, averaging more than 7 million viewers per episode, making it HBO’s most-watched first season of an original series since Big Little Lies premiered in 2017. It is also the most-watched fourth-quarter original series on HBO since Westworld in 2016.
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From its performance and even social media engagement, Watchmen is pop culture’s new favorite obsession. The clock now is ticking until we find out if there’s a Season 2 — and with that cliffhanger, how could there not be one?
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