Wednesday, February 21, 2024

“Yellowstone” Returns with a Roar: 20 Million People Watched Over 14 Channels Sunday Night


“Yellowstone” came back Sunday night for Season 5, and it was a hit with a capital H.

Over 20 million people watched over 14 different Viacom channels on Sunday night. The main channel, Paramount Network, garnered 9.4 million viewers at 8pm. At 9:14pm, 8.4 million either stayed or tuned in for a second showing.

In addition to those two, 12 other Viacom channels showed the premiere. The total comes more or less to 20 million. So people really wanted to see this show. They watched it on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, all really odd places. But it helps to have a monopoly on cable channels.

So the fix is in as they say. The show’s fans are going to watch this season in the millions. But questions linger about Kevin Costner, whether he’s gotten all he can get from it and wants out. There’s a lot of speculation. Can “Yellowstone” survive without John Dutton? That will be the season cliffhanger, for sure

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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