Though “Yellowstone” is now in its fifth and closing season on Paramount Network, its collection premiere simply landed on broadcast TV for the primary time, bringing 6.6 million viewers to CBS on Sunday night time.
This marks a considerable leap from the episode’s 2.8 million viewers when it first premiered again in 2018 — although that was to be anticipated, as CBS reaches a bigger viewers than its sister cable networks, and “Yellowstone” has since turn out to be a serious hit. For a more moderen comparability, Paramount Network’s airing of the Season 5 premiere in November drew 8.8 million viewers, and simulcasts throughout Country Music Television, TVLand and Pop TV introduced that quantity as much as 10.5 million.
Sunday’s “Yellowstone” episode additionally benefitted from lead-in from “60 Minutes,” which aired proper earlier than and drew 11.4 million viewers. The collection will proceed to air so as, with two episodes per week besides on NFL doubleheader nights, when just one episode will air.
CBS is airing “Yellowstone” and different titles from inside the Paramount ecosystem as a manner to fill out its fall slate amid the continuing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. For “Yellowstone” particularly, the transfer is smart — Variety TV critic Aramide Tinubu wrote that the collection’ “new broadcast home is precisely where the massive and wildly entertaining epic should have been from the beginning.”
“Yellowstone” was the primary Taylor Sheridan-created collection for Paramount Global, however has since turn out to be a full universe. Prequel collection “1883” premiered on Paramount+ in 2022, as did prequel collection “1923,” which will return for a second season. “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” will premiere on Paramount+ in November as a by-product of “1883,” whereas “6666” heads to Paramount Network. “1944” is in growth as a sequel to “1923,” and one other untitled spinoff can be within the works.