Yellowstone reaches ratings high with its season finale


Paramount Network’s Yellowstone was already a ratings winner, but with its season finale, the show has scored its best ratings yet.

The ninth and final episode of the season, which aired on Wednesday night, drew an even bigger audience to the show than usual. Deadline reports that the season-ender of Yellowstone had an average audience of 2.4 million viewers, up 11% from the eighth episode’s ratings. The bump came in all demographics, with 18-49 year olds up 12% and 24-54 year olds up 15% from episode 8.

Prior to its season finale, Yellowstone had the most-watched series premiere of the summer on any broadcast or cable network. In addition, after airing only three episodes, the show became the second-highest rated basic cable scripted series.  The only show to best it is AMC’s ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead.

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With the good news about the season finale, the series hits another ratings milestone.

Yellowstone follows the drama surrounding the Dutton family, whose patriarch, John Dutton, owns the largest ranch in Montana. The family must fend off enemies on all sides who wish to take the ranch from them.

When Yellowstone was initially announced, it certainly had a lot going for it. It starred Kevin Costner, an Oscar-winner returning to the genre he’s most associated with. It was created and executive produced by Oscar-nominee Taylor Sheridan, a critically acclaimed writer of movies like Hell or High Water and Wind River. But its home on the new Paramount Network made its future a little murky. But the show overcame any doubts and turned the network into a viable competitor in the cable ratings.

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Given its ratings success, Paramount Network has already renewed Yellowstone for a second season. However, those 10 new episodes won’t air until next year.

Take a look at our recap of Yellowstone‘s first season finale. Also, the entire first season can be streamed on Paramount Network.

Check back with ShowSnob for more news on Yellowstone as it develops.