Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” marked series-high ratings on Wednesday night with its Season 2 premiere episode.
The Kevin Costner-led Western drew 3.9 million viewers in its first week back, according to Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day metric. The number includes audience for repeat airings on Paramount Network and sister network TV Land, as well as an additional simulcast on CMT.
Among adults 18-49, the show scored a 0.79 rating, its best performance ever in the demo.
On Wednesday, Paramount Network picked up the show for a third season before the second had premiered. It was also announced that “Lost” and “Colony” alum Josh Holloway would join the cast for the new season.
“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.
It is co-produced by 101 Studios. It was co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, who executive produce alongside Art Linson, Costner, David C. Glasser and Bob Yari.