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‘Yellowstone’ TV show sets new record

Kevin Costner in "Yellowstone." (Cam McLeod/Paramount Network/TNS)
June 01, 2023

The American neo-western drama “Yellowstone,” produced by Paramount, continues to be a fan favorite that breaks all the records. 

Centered on the lives and trials of the Dutton family, Yellowstone entered its fifth season with a bang, bringing in a total of 12.1 million viewers to the November 13, 2022, premier across four networks. It is the only non-sports program to top an average viewership of over 10 million viewers each week.

The figure broke previous viewer records, proving there was no slowing down on audience interest. The show has enjoyed a steady viewer and rating climb from its debut in December 2018. 

Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton, family patriarch, ranch owner and newly appointed governor. Dutton strives to protect his family and their ranch from developers, reservations and oil seekers. Hard-nosed, ruthless and devoted to his family, one of his most well-known quotes is “All the angels are gone, son. There’s only devils left.” 

A widower, he’s raised his four children: Beth Dutton (Kelly Rogers), is his only daughter. A banker capable of her own ruthlessness, Beth struggles to find her place in the family. Lee Dutton (Dave Annable), a ranch hand who was murdered, Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes), a ranch hand and former Navy SEAL, and Jaime Dutton (Wes Bentley), an adopted son who became slightly estranged from the family. 

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With a lively supporting cast, engaging subplots and plenty of action, Yellowstone has continued to keep viewers’ interest. The show is now officially the most-watched televised show of the 2022-2023 viewing season. 

In addition, the show holds the distinction of being the most viewed and rated two stars or above among the age demographic of 18-45-year-olds, according to Wide Open Country. 

Yellowstone averages 11.6 million viewers a week, second only to Sunday night football. The only scripted show to maintain the same track record in popularity was AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ 

Yellowstone has enjoyed 14 award nominations with two wins over five seasons on air. 

All good things must come to an end, however, and Paramount has announced the saga of the Dutton family is coming to a close. The fifth season will be the last, with a finale expected to air late this year. 

Yellowstone will be followed with a spin-off series, starring Matthew McConaughey. Chris McCarthy, Paramount Media Network head, confirmed casting to the Hollywood Reporter. No further details regarding the spin-off have been shared, but appearances from some of the original Yellowstone cast are expected.