Paramount Plays 5-Year-Old ’Yellowstone’ Premiere to Fill a Time Slot, Garners Whopping 6.6 Million Viewers
After five years, the highly acclaimed series “Yellowstone” made its triumphant return to television screens this past weekend.
The pilot episode, originally aired on Paramount Network in June 2018, made its second broadcast run on CBS, attracting a staggering 6.6 million viewers for its premiere on September 17, according to NextTV.
The episode’s success can be largely attributed to the 56th season premiere of “60 Minutes,” which featured an exclusive interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This prime-time news show drew in a massive audience of 11.4 million viewers just before “Yellowstone” aired.
Considering that the same episode only attracted 2.8 million viewers during its original premiere, the current 6.6 million views are quite impressive. It seems that audiences have discovered the series and are captivated by showrunner Taylor Sheridan’s storytelling.
Paramount, the entertainment conglomerate behind “Yellowstone,” is also thrilled with the show’s success. They strategically moved the modern-day Western to CBS’s Sunday-evening time slot to fill the void left by the ongoing Hollywood strike, which has resulted in a scarcity of new TV content.
With the strike causing delays in writing and production, broadcasting networks are heavily relying on reruns and unscripted programs, such as game shows, reality TV, and live sports, to entertain their audiences, as reported by Axios in July.
The strike, initiated by the Writers Guild of America screenwriters in May, is still ongoing as negotiations between studio executives and Hollywood creatives continue. However, a resolution is currently being finalized.
Despite the lack of new TV content, Paramount remains unfazed this fall, as they have 46 more episodes of “Yellowstone” reruns ready to air. The plan is to broadcast two episodes every Sunday from 8-10 p.m. ET on the CBS channel, starting September 24. If the network sticks to this schedule, the reruns will continue until the end of February 2024.
“Yellowstone” has yet to complete its fifth season, with the second half expected to be released next year after the strike concludes. Filming for the show’s final season has been put on hold until then.
Written by showrunner Taylor Sheridan, “Yellowstone” follows the story of John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) and his family as they protect their Montana ranch from external threats.
This long-form drama series has received praise from both critics and audiences, particularly for its nonpartisan politics that appeal to both liberals and conservatives.
If you haven’t experienced the hype surrounding “Yellowstone” yet, tune in to CBS this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time for the second and third episodes. Subsequent reruns will continue in the same time slot for the next five months.
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