Outlander Premiere Sets Starz Ratings Record

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A whole lot of people traveled back in time on Starz over the weekend.

According to preliminary data, 720,000 people tuned in Saturday night for Outlander Season 1 Episode 1, with a total of 2.3 million watching across the entire weekend.

Moreover, when factoring in online viewing and On Demand, another 1.4 million people watched the drama, which is based on a series of best-selling novels.

Outlander Premiere Photo Season 1 Episode 1

At 3.7 million for all platforms, this marks a record high number of viewers for a Starz premiere.

As a matter of comparison: Black Sails brought in 850,000 for its initial broadcast, amassed 2.6 million over its opening weekend and totaled 3.5 million with On Demand/online plays factored in.

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Outlander Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

The war had taught me to cherish the present because tomorrow might not ever come to pass. What I didn’t know at the time was that tomorrow would prove less important than yesterday.


Sex was our bridge back to one another. The one place where we always met. Whatever obstacles presented themselves during the day or night, we could seek out and find each other again in bed. As long as we had that, I had faith that everything would work out.

Claire voiceover about Frank