‘Yellowstone’ Absolutely Dominates Ratings During Broadcast Debut


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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“Yellowstone” reached 6.6 million viewers during its first broadcast debut on CBS Sunday.

When “Yellowstone” first hit our screens back in 2018, only 2.8 million people tuned in to watch the now-hit cowboy drama, according to Variety. The show will keep playing every weekend, broadcasting at least two episodes each Sunday night. So, now we know what millions of Americans are going to do with their weekends!

The premiere episode of “Yellowstone” season five brought in 8.8 million viewers on Paramount+, and was simulcast on Country Music Television, TVLand, and PopTV, bringing that number up to 10.5 million, Variety noted. But, are we surprised? “Yellowstone” is probably the most American thing happening in America today, save for country music. It tells a story we all wish was our own, if only our ancestors had made the perilous trek west some hundred or more years ago.

“Yellowstone” is one of a slew of shows from co-creator Taylor Sheridan. His next major project is “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” which will premiere its first episode in November. The series tells the true story of the first black U.S. marshal, Bass Reeves. (RELATED: ‘Yellowstone’ Execs Hated Beth Dutton. We Bet We Know Why)

Born a slave, Reeves went on to become one of the most successful lawmen of his time. He arrested more than 3,000 outlaws throughout his career, and never once was hit with a bullet. “Bass Reeves” comes hot on the heels of “Special Ops: Lioness,” which detached from the western genre and focused on a contemporary CIA program led predominantly by female military personnel.