‘Power’ Premiere Sets Network Ratings Record

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Starz’s original series Power set a network ratings record for its season three premiere Sunday.

The original drama averaged 2.26 million viewers in Nielsen live + same day ratings, beating out the 1.46 million viewers set earlier this year for the season two premiere of Outlander, said network officials.

Over three airings, Power averaged 3.37 Million (Live+SD) in total over the three Sunday night airings, the most ever for an originals series season premiere.

“We are thrilled Power continues to be a force in its third season with this record setting performance - something very few shows ever achieve,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “We are proud to say the show is must-watch TV and has helped to establish Starz as a Sunday destination for viewers.”

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