HBO introduced their newest Sunday night prime-time series in early October. The TV series is called “Westworld” and is a futuristic, Sci-Fi thriller. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a show as thought provoking as the first season of Westworld. In brief, Westworld showcases a futuristic company that created a western themed world occupied by human like ‘robots’. The simulated world was created to act as an alternate, ‘no rules’ reality in which rich playboys can pay huge sums of money to enter the park and essentially do as they please. IMDb gave the new series a tremendously positive rating of 9.1/10. The show has obviously piqued the interest of critics and regular ‘Joe Schmo’ viewers alike.
Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) has emerged as the pinnacle of premium television ever since its founding in 1972. From The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire, Band of Brothers, True Blood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hard Knocks, True Detective, and most recently, The Game of Thrones, the media giant has produced hit after hit.
Westworld may just be the newest hit program to add to this already impressive list. According to accredited media site Polygon (a subsidiary of global media giant Vox Media), season 1 of Westworld has generated more average ratings than the first seasons of Game of Thrones, and True Detective (arguably the best single season of all time). The article from Polygon.com, written by Julia Alexander, states: “Westworld has average 11.7 million viewers season-to-date (meaning over the course of the last seven weeks), putting it ahead of Game of Thrones and True Detective during similar times while they were in their first seasons” (Alexander, 2016).
The article goes on to state that Westworld’s season one ratings also beat out The Walking Dead, which has cemented itself as the most watched cable television series of all time. The Walking Dead averaged 5.24 million viewers over the course of its season 1 debut. For all of you saber-metrics aficionados, that means that Westworld has averaged more than double the viewers of The Walking Dead in its first season.
HBO recently announced that Westworld will be renewed for a second season. There are only two more episodes remaining in Westworld’s first season and I cannot be more excited. The twists and turns that this show takes viewers on is something that I haven’t witnessed in all my time of binge watching TV shows. If you aren’t on the Westworld train then you need to hop aboard as the final two episodes are simply going to be electric.