The Season 1 finale of HBO’s Zendaya-led drama “Euphoria” hit a new high in viewers, scoring 1.2 million total sets of eyeballs on Sunday night across HBO’s platforms, which includes streams on HBO Go and HBO Now.
For the initial 10 p.m. airing alone, the freshman series’ first-season closer put up 530,000 viewers. Readers can find out more about that episode’s trippy cliffhanger here.
The Sam Levinson-created show finished its first season ranked as HBO’s “youngest-skewing current series with a core audience of adults 18-34, contributing nearly 40% of overall viewing and two-thirds of viewing on HBO’s streaming platforms,” the network says.
“Euphoria” also ranks as HBO’s second-most-tweeted-about series ever — according to HBO’s Twitter data — coming in behind only the now-ended “Game of Thrones.”
The series, which premiered June 16 and was renewed for Season 2 last month, follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.
Along with Zendaya and Schafer, the drama stars Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.
“Euphoria” was created and written by Levinson, who also serves as executive producer and directed five episodes of the first season. Other executive producers on the series include Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon and Jim Kleverweis. Scott Turner Schofield serves as transgender consultant and Jeremy O. Harris as a consultant.
The drama is produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.