‘Yellowstone’ Finale Nabs 2.4 Million Viewers, Season’s Second-Highest Rating

Kevin Costner-led drama finished its first season on a high note for Paramount Network

The first season finale of “Yellowstone” had season-high ratings for the Paramount Network drama.

Wednesday’s episode of the Kevin Costner-led drama pulled a 0.7 rating among adult viewers under 50, according to Nielsen’s live plus same day numbers, marking a 12 percent increase over the previous week and a 21 percent increase over the entire season average.

In total, the episode was watched by 2.4 million viewers, shy only of the series premiere, which nabbed 2.8 million same-day viewers.

“Yellowstone” has been a ratings success for Paramount Network, growing throughout its run to become the network’s most-watched series ever.

With seven days of delayed viewing included where available, the show has averaged 5.0 million total viewers each week. That makes it the second most-watched series on all of cable television, behind only AMC’s “Walking Dead.”

Paramount Network has already ordered a 10-episode second season, set to air in 2019.

Created by Taylor Sheridan, “Yellowstone” stars Costner as John Dutton, the rancher who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham also star.