Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” wrapped its first season much as it began, with ratings almost identical for its finale and its premiere.
The June 29 season finale scored 856,000 viewers in its initial viewing at 10/9c, which was just shy of the series premiere’s 872,000. In total viewers for the night, including additional viewings at 10/9c and 11/10c, “Penny Dreadful” took in 1.27 million total viewers.
“Penny Dreadful” premiered with 1.43 million total viewers across its premiere night back on May 11, which included the extra promotional push of being part of Showtime’s free premiere weekend. The premium network didn’t factor non-subscribers into those premiere figures, though.
Shortly after its strong premiere, Showtime renewed the series featuring some of Victorian London’s most famous literary characters for a second season. With such ratings consistency across its 8-episode first season, the series clearly earned that show of faith.
“Penny Dreadful” has averaged just shy of five million viewers per week across all platforms, which includes Showtime on Demand and Showtime Anytime.
The series, which was created and written solely by John Logan, stars Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway and Danny Sapani. It was executive produced by Logan, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris. Season two will run ten episodes, and will premiere in 2015.