We've steadily told TV fans why they should be watching HBO's Westworld, and now we can officially say that if you're not already on the train, it's leaving the station and headed toward being the next big thing, without you.
Since HBO renewed Westworld for season 2 before season 1 ever ended, it was clear that the series (adapted from the Michael Crichton 1973 movie) had come out of the gate strong. Now however, it has earned a new milestone: Westworld is HBO's most watched first season of an original series, ever.
Deadline reports that Westworld's season 1 finale drew in 2.2 million viewers; about 3.6 million with HBO GO and HBO Now streaming services factored in. Those are solid increases in viewership, and the report notes that Westworld has actually helped HBO's streaming services gain subscribers.
The show's total is about 12 million viewers across all platforms, making it the record holder for most watched first season of HBO original series.
That list includes current TV juggernaut Game of Thrones, and already the show has Golden Globe nominations and other awards considerations starting to flow its way. That should be any indication to anyone still doubting that Westworld is on the verge of being THE next big HBO/pop-culture hit.
With the long wait until Westworld season 2 arrives in 2018, viewers should start catching up NOW on season 1.
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Westworld will return for season 2 on HBO in 2018.