3:40pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Power' Swells to Starz Record in Sunday Shift
Starz officially shifted its original series to Sunday this past weekend — and the new night seemed to work quite well for Power.
The network's biggest hit, entering its third season, returned with 2.26 million viewers during its original telecast. That's a 56 percent bump from the same showing last year and easily a Starz record for a live-plus-same-day tune-in. It was further boosted by two encores, giving the episode nearly 3.4 million viewers for the night.
The Power surge puts Outlander's success in perspective. Airing on Saturdays, the popular series' original telecasts were only drawing 1.5 million live viewers at best.
"Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told The Hollywood Reporter in May. "So it made sense to move."
Created and executive produced by Courtney A. Kemp, Power has been the unsung flagship of the pay cable network since it premiered two years ago.