If HBO is looking for a successor to Game of Thrones as their most watched series when it finally ends in 2018, they may have found it in Westworld.
The combination Western/Sci-fi series debuted on Sunday night to impressive ratings, attracting 3.3 million viewers between the two initial airings and streaming on HBOGo. It was the largest audience for an HBO debut since True Detective premiered in 2013. Not only that, it blew away the ratings for the series premiere of Vinyl, an expensive production that failed to catch on with viewers and was cancelled after just a single season. Vinyl managed roughly 750,000 viewers on its premiere, perhaps sending an early message that it was doomed.
If you’re wondering how Westworld did on its opening night compared to Game of Thrones, well, there’s still only room one king at the top. The series premiere of GoT scored a massive 4.2 million viewers back in 2011. A lot of successful HBO drama series (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones) actually grow their audience slowly as word of mouth and positive critical reviews attract new viewers even after the show has started.
Westworld certainly left us with a lot of interesting questions after that debut episode, and we can’t wait to watch the rest of the season to see how things unfold.