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'Lovecraft Country' Ends on Season-High Ratings

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HBO's Lovecraft Country ended the season with its biggest first-night audience to date.

The series from creator and showrunner Misha Green drew series bests in both on-air (881,000) and multi-platform viewers (1.5 million) on Sunday, according to figures from Nielsen and the premium cable outlet. Those numbers are up from 760,000 linear viewers and 1.4 million all in for the series premiere in August.

Viewers watching via replays and streaming made up about 41 percent of the first-night audience, in line with both earlier episodes of Lovecraft Country and other recent HBO series.

The finale was also a draw for HBO Max users: Though parent company WarnerMedia doesn't release viewing figures for the platform, it said the episode drew a bigger audience among Max users for its first day of release than any other episode of an original series on the service since its launch in late May.

The audience for the Lovecraft Country will also continue to grow in the coming weeks. HBO says the season premiere is "approaching" 10 million viewers since its debut, putting it ahead of Perry Mason (9 million), The Outsider (9 million) and Watchmen (7 million) among recent HBO dramas.

HBO hasn't decided on a renewal for the series yet, but Green said "there's definitely a path forward we have" for a possible second season.

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