Like most series not named Game of Thrones, the first installment of the Westworld TV show on HBO didn’t earn huge linear ratings in its initial airing, but it still ranked in the top five of the pay-cable network’s scripted programming. How will it fare this time out? Can it build up its audience in the second season, or will viewers drift away? Will Westworld be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.
An HBO science-fiction drama, Westworld features returning stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. New cast members in the second season include Fares Fares, Katja Herbers, Gustaf Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Peter Mullan, Rinko Kikuchi, Zahn McClarnon, Tao Okamoto, Betty Gabriel, Jonathan Tucker, Julia Jones, and Kiki Sukezane. **Status update below.
The western thriller unfolds in a pricey, futuristic theme park, where visitors pay to act out their Wild West fantasies while interacting with lifelike robot “hosts.” In the first season, some of the recently re-coded hosts started exhibiting aberrant behavior. Season two further delves into the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth.
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For comparisons: The first season of Westworld on HBO averaged a 0.80 rating in the 18-19 demographic and 1.822 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you like the Westworld TV series? Did you think this HBO TV show should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?
**5/1/2018 status update: Westworld has been renewed for season three on HBO. Details here.