Saturday, June 15, 2024

HBO’s “White Lotus” Hits 850K Viewers for Finale, Up 58% from Prior Week: Imagine If There Had Been More Episodes


It took a little while to get going. But by the time “White Lotus” on HBO played its sixth and finale episode on Sunday, the show had caught on.

Ratings for the finale were 850,000 linear HBO viewers not counting HBO Max (which I watched it on). With HBO Max the total was definitely well over 1 million, maybe up to 1.5 million.

That’s a 58% increase on HBO from the previous week. The show built an audience from week to week. Six episodes wasn’t enough. Imagine if there had been 8 or 10– the numbers would have been outstanding.

“The White Lotus” is a big win for HBO, which has been going from strength to strength with mini series and shows like “Hacks.” Alas, “White Lotus” won’t be in the Emmys mix this year because it came too late. But no one will forget it for next year. And there are always the Critics Choice Awards this January, which will no doubt give it a lot of love.

PS Welcome back Mitch Metcalf and Showbuzz Daily, one of my main sources for TV numbers. Mitch was very missed, and I’m thrilled that he’s back up and running.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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