Monday, July 22, 2024

Ratings: HBO Says “Succession” Finale Hit 2.9 Million, But Numbers Aren’t Too Different from Season


“Succession” is a great show, maybe one of the best of all time. But it was not “Game of Thrones.”

HBO says the “Succession” season finale hit 2.9 million across all platforms including the HBO channel and (HBO) Max. This is just from Sunday night and not from the last couple of days of delayed viewing.

On HBO itself, the linear viewing was in the high 800,000 range. The finale did marginally better than the rest of the season, although it was 68% higher, they say, than the Season 3 finale.

All of this is about the same as the average this season. “Succession” is a niche show. The audience only grew to a point, which is why maybe HBO wanted to wrap it up now. No big dragon fights or zombie wars were coming. Just more of the same, which, of course, the hardcore fans loved.

For HBO, “Succession” is a prestige show. It will sweep the Emmys and SAG and Critics Choice Awards. It will live on as a perennial favorite, always admired and much missed. But it’s a finite proposition.

More hard linear numbers are coming. Stay tuned…

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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