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The series premiere of “Yellowstone” made its broadcast TV debut on CBS, drawing an impressive 6.6 million viewers on Sunday night. This marked a significant increase from its original premiere in 2018, which had 2.8 million viewers. The boost in viewership can be attributed to CBS’s larger audience reach compared to cable networks, coupled with “Yellowstone” growing into a major hit over the years.
For a more recent comparison, when Season 5 of “Yellowstone” premiered on Paramount Network in November, it attracted 8.8 million viewers. Simulcasts across Country Music Television, TVLand, and Pop TV further increased the total viewership to 10.5 million.
The broadcast of Sunday’s “Yellowstone” episode was preceded by “60 Minutes,” which drew a substantial 11.4 million viewers. The series will continue to air in sequential order, with two episodes per week, except on NFL doubleheader nights when only one episode will air.
CBS’s decision to air “Yellowstone” and other content from the Paramount ecosystem is a response to the ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and SAG-AFTRA. “Yellowstone’s” move to broadcast television aligns well with the series’ massive and entertaining appeal, according to Variety TV critic Aramide Tinubu.
“Yellowstone,” initially the first Taylor Sheridan-created series for Paramount Global, has since expanded into a full-fledged universe. It has spawned prequel series like “1883” on Paramount+ and “1923,” which is set to return for a second season. Another spinoff, “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” will premiere on Paramount+ in November as an offshoot of “1883.” Additionally, “6666” is headed to Paramount Network, “1944” is in development as a sequel to “1923,” and there are plans for another untitled spinoff in the works.