Wednesday, April 24, 2024

HBO Says “White Lotus” Finale Had 4.1 Million Viewers, Doubled First Season Ending


HBO says last night’s season finale of “The White Lotus” scored 4.1 million viewers across all their networks including HBO Max. (We’ll get hard numbers for the basic HBO cable tomorrow.)

Is this possible? Hey, even I watched it on HBO Max when I got home from the premiere of “Some Like it Hot” on Broadway. I wish I’d liked it more.

Anyway, HBO supplies some other figures: Last night’s finale audience was 2.7x higher than the Season 2 debut (1.5M) and 2.2x higher than the Season 1 finale (1.9M).
Season 2 episodes are now averaging 10.1 million viewers across platforms, nearly 50% ahead of Season 1 at the same point in time and led by episode 1 with 11.5 million viewers.

Again, we’ll see tomorrow how basic HBO did in that 4.1 million mix. But it’s clear the show is a hit no matter who dies or lives as long as there’s plenty of sex and the people are pretty awful.

PS A lot of people on social media are hoping Jennifer Coolidge comes back either as a new character or her twin sister in the next season. I’m not sure if those choices are options But what happened to Tanya’s husband, Greg? Really weird how that was left as loose thread.

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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