‘Power’ Hits Season High Viewership, Despite Online Leaks Of Starz Drama


With a vital death, a powerful meet-up between old lovers, city power plays plus online leaks and despite facing the penultimate episode of the penultimate season of Game Of Thrones, last night’s Power hit a season high among viewers.

In what is the fifth-best number the Starz drama has ever done, Sunday’s 9 PM “That Ain’t Me” Season 4 episode snared an audience of 1.9 million. That’s the best the Courtney Kemp-created Power has done since the 2.01 million who watched the Season 3 finale on September 25 last year. The all-time top viewership for Power remains the 2.26 million who watched the first run of the Season 3 debut of July 17, 2016.

Last night’s Vic Mahoney-directed episode saw a rise of 13% in total viewers over the Season 4 premiere of June 25 this year. Up 5% from last week, the penultimate Season 3 episode aired as the last several episodes of this cycle were posted online a few weeks ago. The Chris Albrecht-run premium cabler has vowed “legal action against the responsible parties.”

On linear and multi-platform viewing, Power was averaging an audience of around 8 million per episode in Season 3. So far this season, on the same metrics, the show is averaging 8.4 million viewers an episode, a rise of 5%. Starz doesn’t generally release week-to-week numbers for app usage, but insiders say the big jump that the Season 4 debut saw is continuing for the series.

Lawyers and app aside, that certainly cements that the leaks haven’t hurt the Curtis  “50 Cent” Jackson co-starring series one bit. In fact, like the highs GoT have been hitting despite its own leaks, the rise for last night’s Power follows the nearly 10% uptick seen by the August 13 airing, which was after the leaks appeared online. With next week seeing a Season 4 marathon, the Power finale is set to air September 3.

Renewed last year for both a Season 4 and Season 5, the next cycle of Power is expected to debut in summer 2018.

The Season 4 debut of lead-out Survivor’s Remorse also brought some good news for Starz last night The basketball family drama executive produced by LeBron James scored 975,000 viewers in its 10 PM slot. That’s just 36,000 short of the all-time high hit by the third episode of Season 3 on July 31, 2016. In numbers that any outlet likes to see, it is also up 11% from the Season 3 debut of July 24 last year.

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