The return of Westworld was in little doubt with its steady ratings growth throughout its inaugural season. So it’s no shock that a day after the airing of episode seven, HBO finally came through with the official announcement and renewed their newest Sunday-night buzzworthy show for a second season.
The network has announced it’s renewing not only Westworld, but fellow freshmen shows Divorce and Insecure. Casey Bloys, President of HBO Programming, says, “I am thrilled to announce the pickup of our three fall series, all of which have distinctive, original voices.” Bloys further says, “Critics and viewers alike have welcomed Westworld and Insecure, as well as the return of Sarah Jessica Parker to the network after 12 years with Divorce.”
Westworld is by far HBO’s biggest new hit, averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers at the time of renewal. Those numbers surpass what we saw even from Game of Thrones and True Detective in their debut seasons. There’s no doubt Westworld has benefited from the comfortable Sunday night at 9:00 pm scheduling; however, viewers saw Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl stumble earlier this year in the same timeslot. It looks like HBO has finally found the right combination, with the mix of timing and a show that captures viewers’ imaginations and curiosity in equal measure.