Some early ratings have come in for the premiere of “Westworld” on HBO, and they look pretty strong — but beware of imprecise comparisons to previous shows on the channel.

The series drew 3.3 million viewers over three airings Sunday night and early viewing on HBO’s streaming platforms. That’s the best series premiere on HBO since “True Detective” put up that same multi-play number in January 2014. (It’s unclear from contemporary sources whether “True Detective’s” 3.3 million includes streaming or only linear viewing.)

The 9 p.m. ET/PT on-air premiere drew 1.96 million viewers, off a little from “True Detective’s” 2.33 million, and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. It tied for third among originals in the 18-49 demographic, behind the two-episode season finale of “Fear the Walking Dead” (1.6 and 1.3).

“Westworld’s” premiere audience compares favorably to recent HBO dramas like “Vinyl” (764,000, 0.2) and “The Night Of” (774,000, 0.3) and is pretty well in line with the debut of “Game of Thrones” (2.2 million) in 2011. “Thrones” had a fairly strong showing over multiple airings, pulling in 4.2 million total viewers for its premiere night.

Top 100 cable programs among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 3,671 1.6
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:59 PM 3,048 1.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:00 PM 2,181 0.8
BASKETBALL WIVES LA 5 VH1 8:00 PM 1,678 0.8
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:30 PM 2,089 0.8
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:30 PM 2,022 0.8
WESTWORLD HBO PRIME 9:02 PM 1,963 0.8
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 11:00 PM 1,665 0.7
ROB & CHYNA E! 9:00 PM 1,368 0.7
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,802 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,634 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,573 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,731 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 8:30 PM 1,591 0.6
BREAK HBO PRIME 8:58 PM 1,321 0.6
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,287 0.6
HALLOWEEN WARS 6 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,576 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 1,263 0.5
TALKING DEAD: FEAR AMC 11:00 PM 1,276 0.5
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE L NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:23 PM 2,558 0.5
SHAMELESS S7 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 1,241 0.5
DEADPOOL HBO PRIME 7:10 PM 1,079 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBS NETWORK 11:30 PM 906 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:59 PM 1,139 0.5
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 1,626 0.4
90 DAY FIANCE TLC 9:00 PM 1,181 0.4
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV TLC 10:01 PM 1,155 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 1,674 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 1,669 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,371 0.4
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,012 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:30 PM 1,097 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 1,647 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,263 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,252 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,239 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,392 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,563 0.4
BREAK HBO PRIME 10:10 PM 1,119 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 1,009 0.4
WAGS MIAMI E! 10:01 PM 696 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 1,532 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 867 0.4
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 8:00 PM 943 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 11:45 PM 924 0.4
MANZOD WITH CHILDREN BRAVO 9:00 PM 974 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:29 AM 870 0.4
NASCAR SPRINT CUP START L NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:00 PM 1,714 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 853 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:30 AM 835 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 816 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 824 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,433 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 823 0.4
STRAIN FX 10:00 PM 796 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 948 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 12:30 AM 748 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 856 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,237 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:30 PM 1,421 0.3
BASKETBALL WIVES LA 5 VH1 9:00 PM 748 0.3
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 797 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 793 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 1,217 0.3
TEENAGE MUTAN NINJA TRT12 NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 1,246 0.3
COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP COMEDY CENTRAL 10:30 PM 668 0.3
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHOWTIME PRIME 8:59 PM 902 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 751 0.3
CHESAPEAKE SHORES HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:00 PM 2,188 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 796 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:45 AM 734 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:00 PM 884 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 744 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME AND GARDEN TV 7:30 PM 1,368 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 762 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 1,251 0.3
ISLAND HUNTERS HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 PM 1,252 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 846 0.3
NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 11:00 AM 817 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 767 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 718 0.3
NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY L ESPN 10:00 AM 708 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,103 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 736 0.3
HART OF THE CITY COMEDY CENTRAL 11:30 PM 656 0.3
WORST BAKERS IN AMERICA FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,025 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 669 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 4:30 PM 1,392 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:30 PM 1,434 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING L ESPN 2:06 AM 720 0.3
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 5:00 AM 570 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,024 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 5:30 AM 597 0.3
ISLAND HUNTERS HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:30 PM 1,260 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 7:00 AM 783 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 4:30 PM 870 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:39 AM 635 0.3
COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP COMEDY CENTRAL 12:00 AM 583 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,365 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 12:00 PM 949 0.3

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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