HBO: 2.9M Watched Succession Finale

Delayed views will boost the number even higher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2023 1:42 PM CDT
Succession Finale Drew Show's Biggest Numbers
This image released by HBO shows Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans, left, and Nicholas Braun as Greg Hirsch in a scene from the series "Succession."   (HBO via AP)

HBO said 2.9 people million watched the series finale of Succession on Sunday night, reports the AP. That beat the first-night viewing record of 2.75 million for an episode that aired on April 30, earlier in the final season of the family drama about a media company. The audience can be expected to expand significantly when delayed viewing is taken into account. Succession episodes this season have been seen by an average of 8.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. The series finale provided an answer to the question central to the story, about whether any of media magnate Logan Roy's children would inherit control over his media empire.

Succession didn't approach HBO's record of 19.8 million people who watched the 2019 finale of Game of Thrones on its premiere night. In fact, HBO estimated that some 46 million people have watched that episode when delayed viewing is taken into account. HBO also said that Barry, its series starring Bill Hader, had 700,000 viewers on the night of its finale this past week. Episodes have been averaging 3.4 million viewers this season. Meanwhile, for those who watched Succession or don't care about spoilers, a story in the Atlantic explains how a particular plot "explained the entire series."

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