“Westworld” Finale Ratings Were Notably Down

HBO’s “Westworld” returned the other month to excitement but now, two months on and following its second season run, there’s been surprisingly little chatter about it.

Variety reports that the show’s second season closed out with 30% fewer viewers compared to the first season. Sunday’s finale nabbed 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 in the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings – down from 2.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating for the first season finale.

The first season averaged 13.2 million viewers per episode when full figures are accounted for in terms of digital reach, delayed DVR figures, and more commonly people holding off until a show’s season ends to then binge watch it. The network reportedly expects to get an average 10 million viewers per episode for the second season.

Reviews for the second season have been more divided than for the first with the show going off in unexpected directions and tangents, while the Reddit thread and social media discussion that was a big generator of buzz for the first season seemed anaemic this time around.

In the wake of the finale last weekend, HBO has also released a behind-the-scenes look at the Valley Beyond featured in the finale. The next season of “Westworld” is expected in early 2020.