1883 Breaks Rating Records Making Most-Watched Original Series Premiere

1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, premiered on Paramount+ December 19 and set a record.

On Sunday, 1883 became the most-watched original show on Paramount+, according to a press release.

It was Nielsen’s biggest new cable series premiere since Into The Badlands and The Walking Dead respectively in 2015. The premiere drew 4.9 million total viewers in Live+Same Day, more than doubling the previous record.

“The results of 1883’s debut are truly phenomenal,” stated Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “The day 1 streaming numbers coupled with the results of the linear sampling effort, and social response from our audience show the tremendous promise for this series.”

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“The success of Taylor Sheridan’s 1883 is another proof point of our unique model to leverage our linear platforms and franchise our biggest hits to supercharge Paramount+,” states Chris McCarthy, President and CEO ViacomCBS Media Networks.

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