The premiere of HBO’s new drama “The Deuce” put up decent, if not world-beating, ratings for its first episode.

The show from “The Wire” creator David Simon and collaborator George Pelecanos drew 830,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 for its first airing Sunday. A replay later in the night gathered 342,000 more people for a nightly total of 1.17 million.

That puts it in line with the debut of “The Night Of” in summer 2016. It delivered a cumulative 1.1 million viewers over two airings its first night. With Hurricane Irma coverage dominating Sunday’s original programming, however, “The Deuce” wasn’t in the top 25 for the day.

HBO made “The Deuce” available on demand and on its streaming apps HBO Go and HBO Now two weeks prior to the on-air debut; the company says an additional 1.1 million people watched the premiere that way, bringing its total to 2.2 million. That too is on par with “The Night Of,” which had a similar pre-release window and ended up with 2.1 million viewers after its on-air debut.

“Outlander” premiered its third season to a 0.3 and 1.49 million viewers, in line with the 0.4 and 1.46 million for the Season 2 debut. “Fear the Walking Dead” returned to a 0.8 and 2.14 million viewers, on par with the last episode of its first half. “Rick & Morty” was No. 1 in adults 18-49 at 1.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 2,375 1.3
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 10:00 AM 4,954 1.2
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 11:00 AM 4,829 1.2
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 4:00 PM 4,871 1.1
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 7:00 PM 4,082 1.1
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 5:00 PM 4,831 1.1
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 6:00 PM 4,126 1.1
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 12:00 PM 4,442 1.0
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 PM 3,791 1.0
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 AM 4,511 1.0
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 3:00 PM 3,988 0.9
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 PM 3,629 0.9
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 1:00 PM 4,010 0.9
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 2:00 PM 3882 0.9
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 AM 3,954 0.8
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 3,455 0.8
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 2,139 0.8
WEATHER CENTER LIVE WEATHER CHANNEL 10:00 PM 3,206 0.8
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 3,339 0.8
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 7:00 PM 3,078 0.7
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 2,735 0.7
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 3,041 0.7
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 2,816 0.7
WALKING DEAD S8 PREVIEW AMC 8:00 PM 1,923 0.7
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 2,711 0.7

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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