Turns out 1.5 million people, that’s who. The debut of the highly anticipated HBO series delivered that many sets of eyeballs across all the premium cabler’s platforms on Sunday night.
For comparison, Sunday’s premiere was up 21% in linear on last week’s “Succession” season finale, and up 20% from the 1.2 million multi-platform figure posted by the “Succession” season 2 premiere. However, the Regina King show’s debut is also down almost 30% on the season 2 premiere of “Westworld” from last year, which drew 2.1 million viewers. Obviously “Watchmen” isn’t in the same stratosphere as “Game of Thrones,” by far HBO’s biggest show of the past few years which drew a mammoth 17.4 million viewers for its season 8 premiere in April, but it will be interesting to see how the show matches up to closer comps like “Succession” and “Westworld” as it moves through its first season.