Sci-fi horror series 'Westworld' started on Sky Atlantic last week, and it notched up a huge audience. In fact, 1.84 million people tuned in either live or by watching their recording or on-demand, making it the biggest audience ever for a new show on Sky Atlantic.
Considering the channel is also home to 'Game of Thrones', that's quite an achievement.
Breaking it down, 458,000 people watched the first episode live, with 1.38 million watching it subsequently. The number of total viewers is expected to increase once viewers on Sky Go and Now TV are taken into account.
Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic, praised the show. "With an A-list cast, incredible visual effects and a storyline that gets you hooked immediately, it's great to see that so many of our customers are enjoying 'Westworld' as much as we are," he said. "This HBO series is one of the most talked about shows of the year, and anticipation has never been higher to find out what happens next."
The series is a reimagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name. It's set in a theme park staffed by artificially intelligent robot hosts. The park allows guests to indulge their every fantasy, no matter how depraved. It stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden.
The production team includes JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
It airs on Tuesday nights at 9pm.