‘Outlander’ Draws 1.4 Million Viewers in Premiere

Starz drew record audiences for Saturday night's return of original series Outlander, the network said Tuesday.

The second season premiere on April 9 averaged 1.46 million viewers (Live+same day), besting the previous series premiere record of 1.43 million generated by the second season debut of Power, said network officials.

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Saturday’s premiere also more than doubled the 721,000 viewers Outlander’s series premiere episode averaged in August 2014.

With multiple weekend re-airings included (Live +SD) as well as early on-demand/online viewing,  the episode averaged 2.68 million viewers, said network officials. 

Freshman scripted drama series The Girlfriend Experience also debuted well for Starz, averaging 363,000 viewers in its Sunday night premiere, but generating nearly 1.5 million viewers with same-day repeats are factored in, said network officials. Prior to the premiere Starz launched all eight episodes of the series on demand for binge-viewing.

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