The “Succession” Season 3 premiere put up 1.4 million viewers across multiple HBO platforms. That’s roughly the same number of people in contention to run Waystar Royco.
Anyway, that tally makes Sunday the largest premiere-date audience for the series thus far, beating the Season 2 premiere by 13% — the previous record holder — and the Season 2 finale by 21%.
Sunday’s multiplatform number includes HBO Max, which was not around for any of “Succession” Season 2. Of course, the service’s predecessors, HBO Go and HBO Now, were.
Last night marked the best premiere-night performance for any HBO original series since the launch of HBO Max last year. Digital viewing for “Succession” Episode 301 was up a whopping 214% from last season’s start.
“Succession” explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck).
Season 3 of “Succession” finds Logan in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances after he was ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall. After Kendall’s impulsive decision to expose the company’s sprawling scandal, the family is left to each contemplate their future. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war, with the Roy family navigating the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world.
In addition to Logan and his kids, the returning “Succession” cast also includes Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, J. Smith-Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter, James Cromwell, Natalie Gold, Juliana Canfield, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Zoë Winters and Jeannie Berlin. Additional Season 3 cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody, Hope Davis and Dasha Nekrasova.
See what happens next on “Succession” via HBO’s “weeks ahead” preview video here.
“Succession” episodes air at 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO.