HBO has picked up all three of its fall freshman series — “Westworld,” “Divorce” and “Insecure” — for second seasons.
The pickup of “Westworld” comes as no surprise, as the show has performed solidly with audiences and has created a wave of discussion HBO hasn’t seen much lately outside of “Game of Thrones.” “Divorce” and “Insecure” have drawn smaller on-air audiences but have pulled in decent cross-platform numbers, which arguably matter more to a subscription service like HBO than they do to ad-supported channels.
“I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, says in a statement. “Critics and viewers alike have welcomed ‘Westworld’ and ‘Insecure,’ as well as the return of Sarah Jessica Parker to the network after 12 years with ‘Divorce.'”
Initial airings of “Westworld” draw 1.73 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. “Divorce” averages 620,000 viewers and a 0.2, and “Insecure” brings in 395,000 people and a 01. in the 18-49 demographic.
All three shows, however, add multiples of their initial audience via DVR, on demand and HBO’s streaming platforms. HBO says “Westworld” delivers 11.7 million viewers across all platforms, “Divorce” 4.4 million and “Insecure” 3.2 million.
All three join these shows that have been renewed for 2017 and beyond.
There’s no firm word yet on return dates for any of the three shows, but Bloys has said in interviews that “Westworld” may not be back until early 2018, depending on how production on Season 2 goes. “Divorce” and “Insecure” are more likely to return in 2017.