1923 Premiere Smashes Paramount+ Viewership Record
‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1923’ Debuts Strong With More Than 7 Million Viewers
If you caught Harrison Ford in the 1923 premiere, you weren’t solo.
Rather, the Yellowstone prequel co-starring Ford and Helen Mirren delivered Paramount+’s most-watched premiere ever in the U.S., surpassing the previous record by nearly 80 percent.
According to Paramount, the Sunday night premiere of “Yellowstone” prequel series “1923” brought in 7.4 million viewers across linear telecasts and streaming, marking Paramount+’s biggest debut ever. That number comes from a combination of Nielsen data and Paramount’s own streaming data, making the biggest series premiere on cable for 2022. (The exact streaming viewership was not made available.)
Created by Yellowstone‘s Taylor Sheridan, 1923 introduces a new generation of Duttons, led by patriarch Jacob (played by Ford) and matriarch Cara (Mirren), and explores the early-20th century when pandemics, historic drought and the end of Prohibition all plague the mountain west and the Duttons who call it home.
The cast also includes Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves and Jerome Flynn.
“Anchored by Taylor Sheridan’s incredible vision and the performances of legends Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, we felt confident this next chapter of the Dutton Family origin story would resonate with audiences,” Tanya Giles, Paramount Streaming’s Chief Programming Officer, said in a statement. “We are thrilled with the record-breaking early response to the first episode and can’t wait to introduce more audiences to this incredible journey of perseverance, heartbreak and adventure set amongst the backdrop of the Mountain West.”
“Taylor continues to write the most epic stories shot with cinematic beauty,” said David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “His scripts attract not only the best actors working today but the best crew around and we are so fortunate these huge audiences tune in to be a part of his universe every week. We can’t thank MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount+ enough for their continued support on this incredible journey.”