Watchmen Premiere Has Most Viewers For An HBO Show Since Westworld

Who watches the Watchmen? A lot of people do.


What did you think of the Watchmen premiere? Is the show off on the right foot? Let us know in the comments and check out our review, Easter eggs gallery, and breakdown of the show's first episode.

HBO's newest show, Watchmen, is off to a good start, it seems. The network announced that the series premiere drew 1.5 million viewers across all of its channels on Sunday.

This represented the strongest start for a new HBO show since Westworld's premiere back in 2016, according to numbers crunched by Variety.

By comparison, HBO's Game of Thrones had 17.4 million viewers for its Season 8 premiere back in April. That show was one of the most popular in TV history, so comparisons against are difficult. A closer comparison might be Succession, which picked up 1.2 million viewers for its Season 2 premiere.

HBO's Watchmen is based on the DC graphic novel from Dave Gibbons. The show is set in a world where superheroes and villains are outlawed but they still exist and are fighting.

GameSpot's review of Watchmen Episode 1 remarked that the show is off to a very promising start.

"The pilot is steeped in that sensibility. Sure, superheroes play a major role, and yes, there's no shortage of commentary about the complicated interplay between vigilantism and heroism, but at its heart, Episode 1 feels like the start of something truly special for fans of science fiction television," reviewer Meg Downey wrote.

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