The ratings for His Dark Materials' US premiere on HBO show the new series is off to a solid start, but the numbers pale in comparison to the series' UK debut.
Variety reports that His Dark Materials debuted to 700,000 viewers on Monday night across all of HBO's platforms. Meanwhile, its live broadcast numbers were 424,000. While small for a traditional show, the numbers are good for the premium network, putting it above Catherine the Great's debut and around the same viewership as Gentleman Jack's.
Of course, the series launched to more impressive numbers in the UK. His Dark Materials pulled in 7.2 million viewers when it debuted on BBC One this past Sunday. That far outstrips Gentleman Jack and Les Miserables. Naturally, the BBC's larger reach in the region played into these numbers, while TV series stateside face more competition.
Being a co-production between the BBC and HBO, both numbers will factor into the success of the show. But as the second season of the show has already filmed, it won't leave screens anytime soon. These numbers, however, could ensure a third season gets greenlit.
Based on Philip Pullman's popular trilogy of books, His Dark Materials has plenty of stories left to tell in its ongoing saga. Between the US and UK premiere numbers, it seems fans may finally get a complete adaptation of the series.
His Dark Materials airs Sundays on the BBC in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Episodes air the next day in the United States on HBO. The series is written by Jack Thorne and stars Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby.