Did you watch Big Little Lies Sunday night? Not many people missed it. Spoilers ahead!
Big Little Lies had quite a showing Sunday night.
The season 2 premiere raked in over 2.5 million viewers on both HBO and HBO streaming. Just to put it in some kind of perspective, that’s 34 percent higher than the season 1 premiere of the hit drama. However, it’s just under the viewership of the season 1 finale, which had 2.6 million viewers.
On HBO Go and HBO Now, both platforms showed an increase of 240 percent from season 1’s debut on the streaming platforms and averaged 1.4 million viewers.
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These numbers aren’t bad for a critically acclaimed series, which hasn’t been on the air for over two years. In fact, that might be why the numbers are so strong. Not only did season 2 attract fans who watched season 1; it also gained followers along the way.
I anticipate these numbers will grow by season’s end.
Big Little Lies is the story of five women: Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern), and Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), who are tied not only by their children in the same class, but also by one giant lie. Celeste’s abusive husband, who also raped Jane, attacks her at a fundraiser. And then the women try to help, Bonnie pushes him, and he is killed.
Season 1 showed audiences what led lie they told everyone, and season 2 will explore the Monterey 5 trying to keep that secret. It will prove to be hard, when Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) shows up looking for answers, mainly, how her son “slipped” and fell to his death.
Read the Big Little Lies season 2 premiere recap.
Big Little Lies airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.