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Is HBO coming out of its drama dry spell? “Westworld” just banked the pay cable channel’s biggest premiere since “True Detective.”
“Westworld” was watched by 3.3 million multiplatform viewers on Sunday. That includes both the initial premiere and its repeat airing on TV, as well as streaming viewers on HBO Go and HBO Now, according to Deadline.
That number ties the network’s last big drama hit, “True Detective.” By comparison, the premiere of “Vinyl” was watched by a sad 1.4 million viewers across the three platforms – far lower than what hopes were for the musical series from Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, and Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”).
HBO was in great need of a new hit. Strong in its first season, “True Detective” fizzled during its sophomore year. And “Game of Thrones” only has two seasons left, both of which will be shorter than the usual 10-episode order.