11:38am PT by Kate Stanhope
TV Ratings: 'The Deuce' Premiere Draws 2.2 Million Viewers
The premiere of The Deuce did decent business for HBO on Sunday.
The '70s-set porn drama, co-created by The Wire and Treme writer David Simon, has so far amassed more than 2.2 million viewers.
Roughly 830,000 viewers tuned in for the show's linear premiere Sunday. However, that number jumped to more than 1.1 million with a 12:15 a.m. encore telecast also factored in. The pay cabler grabbed another 1.1 million viewers by making the pilot available to view on Aug. 25 on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO on demand, among other platforms.
So far, that puts The Deuce on par with the July 2016 launch of the limited series legal drama The Night Of, which drew 2.1 million viewers for its first episode. As HBO noted Wednesday, The Night Of ultimately averaged 8.2 million viewers. (The drama is also up for eight Emmys at Sunday's ceremony, having already nabbed four statues at the two-night Creative Arts Emmy awards.)
While The Deuce's linear numbers can't touch network hit Game of Thrones, the drama is an important awards play for HBO as the channel looks to re-stock its drama slate. Earlier this year, The Leftovers wrapped its three-season run and Game of Thrones has just one six-episode final season remaining.
So far, The Deuce has an impressive 86 percent rating on Metacritic, with THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg praising the first season as "substantive, provocative and entertaining" and also singling out the "remarkable" ensemble led by stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.