Yellowstone season 5 premiere bags record-breaking numbers

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Paramount Network’s hit western series, Yellowstone finally landed on screens on Sunday with its season five, double-episode premiere. The highly anticipated comeback proved to be a success as it smashed viewership records. 

After season four came to an end in January, the Dutton family returned to screens with a major time jump. 

As the trailer teased John Dutton’s (played by Kevin Costner) new political role, fans tuned in to watch the ranch owner become Governor of Montana. 

Many were eager to see the fate of the complex family after season four came to a satisfying end, for some. 

The premiere proved to be a huge success as it scored 12.1 million live-plus-same-day viewers, making it the highest record of the series.  

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It soars past the season four premiere by 10 percent, which returned after a year-long absence.

Through Paramount Network alone, Yellowstone gained 8.8million viewers, in its first airing of the season five premiere. 

This figure then grew to 10.3 million after the episode was rebroadcast on CMT, TV Land and Pop. 

Across all four networks, season five pulled in 10.3million viewers compared to 9.5million last year, or an eight percent increase.


The overall series had doubled in numbers as it had grown by 52 percent among adults 18-34 and delivered an increased 5.6 rating among adults 18-49.

Speaking on the show’s success, Ashwin Navin, co-founder and CEO, Samba TV released a statement:

It read: “After four seasons, the show’s massive audience base continues to impress with its latest season premiere becoming the most watched scripted television premiere of 2022.

“Yellowstone continues to tap into the passions of a broad swath of viewers throughout the American Midwest hungry for Western-themed genres that have been largely underrepresented on television in recent years.”

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Ashwin continued: “Viewership significantly over-indexed for the season premiere within cities such as St. Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

“And not surprisingly under-indexed in the largely coastal urban centers of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York,” he added to the Hollywood Reporter. 

As well as John getting sworn into government, viewers were transported 20 years into the past with a flashback of Beth Dutton (Kylie Rogers) and Rip Wheeler (Kyle Red Silverstein). 

Viewers were treated to an insightful look at the early stages of their relationship, back when they were just dating. 

As Rip was working on the ranch, Beth suggested they go out on a date before she went off the college.

However, their evening soon turned sour after Rip watched Beth flirt to get what she wanted and after some back and forth he stormed off and hitchhiked a ride back to the ranch. 

After reflecting on this, Beth (Kelly Reilly) expressed regret as she told Rip (Cole Hauser) she had wasted too much time when they were young. 

Yellowstone season 5 continues Sundays on the Paramount Network in the USA and Mondays on Paramount+ in the UK.

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