Cinemax’s new medical drama “The Knick” sewed up a sizable viewership with its premiere episode over the weekend, grabbing 1.7 million viewers over multiple plays during the weekend.
The debut airing Friday night at 10 p.m. averaged 354,000 total viewers, with another 303,000 tuning in across three encore airings.
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The numbers for the initial airing of “The Knick” put it solidly in the middle of the network’s premiere range, which runs from the 245,000 viewers that “The Hunted” drew and the 567,000 viewers who tuned in for the “Strike Back” premiere.
The premiere episode of the series, which stars Clive Owen as a drug-dependent doctor in New York in 1900, also benefited from a special airing on HBO at 10 p.m. on Saturday, which grabbed another 533,000 viewers.
The numbers compare favorably to the January 2013 premiere of Alan Ball‘s “Banshee,” which drew nearly 1 million total viewers, though that was over fewer airings and confined to a Sunday night.
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“The Knick,” from Steven Soderbergh, has already been renewed for a second season.