It looks like audiences have found their new favorite sci-fi fantasy series to watch on Sunday nights with Watchmen. The series created by Damon Lindelof and starring Regina King held strong in its second week out, garnering more than 1.3 million viewers Sunday night across all platforms.
Watchmen had some competition with Game 5 of the World Series and Sunday Night Football this past week but managed to retain most of its audience from last week’s premiere, with the 9 PM airing drawing 765,000 viewers. The digital audience was within 4% of last week’s debut despite most new series declining in their second weeks.
Last week, the Watchmen premiere delivered 1.5 million viewers across all HBO platforms. That was 21% above the Succession season finale in the time slot and marked the strongest debut performance for a series on HBO’s digital platforms since the premium cabler debuted Westworld in 2016. The 9 PM linear telecast of the freshman series averaged 800,000 viewers, making it premium cable’s most-watched new series debut this year.
Since premiering, the total viewing for the first episode is now nearing 5 million viewers and is expected to continue growing throughout the drama’s freshman season.
The HBO series based on Alan Moore’s award-winning graphic novel continues to unravel its narrative set in an alternative 2019 America where masked police officers, white supremacists and outlawed superheroes co-exist — or at least try to.
King stars alongside Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.