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Westworld sets Sky Atlantic record

Sky's next big thing beats the numbers for Game of Thrones

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 13, 2016 at 3:57 PM


  • We can’t say we’re surprised to learn that the first episode of Westworld has become the biggest launch of a brand new series in Sky Atlantic’s history.
    It has been watched by a consolidated audience of 1.84 million, comprising an overnight audience of 458K on Tuesday 4th October, while more than 1.38 million viewers have taken advantage of catching up on the show through Sky+ recordings and on demand. The figure will increase once viewing through the Sky Go app and online streaming service NOW TV is taken into account.

    Westworld’s consolidated audience of 1.84 million beats the launches of all other brand new series in Sky Atlantic’s history, including the first seasons of both Game of Thrones (1.45m) and Fortitude (1.74m).

    The ten-part series has received widespread critical acclaim – and we all love it too - both in the UK and in the US and episode two was just as compelling as the first.

    Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic, said: “With an A-list cast, incredible visual effects and a story-line that gets you immediately hooked, it’s great to see that so many of our customers are enjoying Westworld as much as we are. This HBO series is one of the most talked about shows of the year, and anticipation has never been higher to find out what happens next.”

    Westworld is a hedonistic theme park staffed by artificially intelligent hosts, where human guests can explore their every appetite, no matter how noble or depraved.

    Westworld stars Anthony Hopkins as the park’s founder and creative director Dr Robert Ford. Alongside Hopkins, the series stars Ed Harris – who is fantastic - as The Man in Black, Thandie Newton as madam Maeve Millay, Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy and James Marsden as Teddy Flood.

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