Westworld has wrapped up its first season, and what a season is was: the series now boasts the most-watched first season in HBO history.
More than 3.6 million people watched Westworld‘s season finale, including about 1.4 million who streamed it on platforms like HBO Now and HBO Go. Season one was watched by 12 million viewers across all platforms.
One reason for Westworld’s success? The growth of HBO’s digital offerings. Even current mega-hit Game of Thrones debuted before HBO introduced its streaming platforms, so Westworld has a distinct advantage in that respect.
And now that it’s a streaming service, HBO needs hits like Westworld more than ever. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has compared the HBO-Netflix rivalry to the Yankees and Red Sox, and has said that Netflix needs to become HBO “before they become us” – both points that underscore the importance of original series like Westworld in the streaming market.
It’s a good year for HBO to have a hit, as Netflix had one of their own in Stranger Things earlier this year. Westworld was HBO’s first big drama series debut since True Detective back in 2014, so its success is a big deal to the company.
Westworld is about a futuristic amusement park populated by super-realistic androids. It’s based on the Michael Crichton film of the same name.
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