Sky Atlantic has seen record figures for the first episode in their brand new TV series. Westworld was seen by a consolidated audience of 1.84 million people, making it the most successful launch in the channel’s history.
Westworld made its television debut at 9pm on Tuesday 4 October, where 458,000 people tuned in to experience the show as it happened. The show is causing quite a stir, as over the following week, nearly 1.5 million people used Sky's variety of on-demand options to catch up. That number is only expected to rise, as the current figures don't even take the Sky Go app and NOW TV into consideration.
The brand new series was up against some big TV hitters too, beating the Sky Atlantic records set by both Game of Thrones and Fortitude,which received 1.45 million and 1.74 million consolidated views respectively.
Westworld is about a futuristic theme park, populated and run by artificial intelligence. The technological opportunities are seemingly endless, leaving show creators Jonathon Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan free to explore a variety of narratives.
The creative freedom has clearly paid off, with The Daily Telegraph deeming it to be "a fantastically cool and dark reboot of Michael Crichton's 1973 film". The Mail on Sunday was also very much on board, boasting that Westworld had "a script with the cool intelligence to match the awe-inspiring visuals."
Furthermore, Zai Bennet - the Director of Sky Atlantic - was about as proud as you would expect: "With an A-list cast, incredible visual effects and a story-line that gets you immediately hooked, it's great to see that so many of our customers are enjoying Westworld as much as we are."
Keen viewers can watch new episodes of Westworld on Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, while new viewers can catch up on demand.