Yellowstone Season 2 Premiere Delivers Series Highs

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Yellowstone's highly anticipated return to Paramount Network delivered robust ratings for the Viacom-owned cabler. 

Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 1 pulled in 3.9 million total viewers across the night, according to a press release. 

Kacey Looking Yonder - Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 1

In doing so, the Kevin Costner-fronted drama became cables most-watched original premiere this summer. 

Related: Yellowstone Scores Early Season 3 Renewal

The premiere was simulcast on CMT, while an encore aired later on Wednesday night, and those numbers have been factored into the figures given from Paramount. 

In adults 18-49, Yellowstone Season 2's premiere was up 19 percent vs. last year' series premiere. 

Say Hello to Cassidy - Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 1

L+SD ratings for the Yellowstone season two premiere are included below, followed by the increase from the season one premiere:

· P25-54: 1.13 (+11%)

· M25-54: 1.28 (+20%)

· W25-54: .99 (+2%)

· P18-49: .79 (+19%)

· M18-49: .89 (+24%)

· W18-49: .68 (+12%)

Hard Stare from Beth - Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 1

The series also emerged a hit on social media, becoming the #1 most social cable drama for the night, with 45,000 interactions. 

On Twitter, it had 20,000 mentions, building 10 percent from the series premiere. 

Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. It is co-created by critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water and Sicario), and John Linson.

An Unexpected Discovery - Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 1

The impressive cast list for Yellowstone also includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston, and Gil Birmingham. Neal McDonough joined the cast for season two. 

The cabler clearly knew the series was going to amass huge figures because it was renewed for a third season hours ahead of Wednesday's big return. 

On top of that, it was announced that Josh Holloway (Lost, Colony) would be joining the cast as "a handsome, charming, shaggy-haired hedge fund manager with ambitious plans in Montana."

Josh Holloway

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Yellowstone continues Wednesdays. 

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Yellowstone Quotes

There's sharks and minnows in this world, Jimmy, and if you don't know which one you are, then you ain't a fuckin' shark.


Dude: We weren't botherin' anyone. Just havin' some fun.
John: This field's mine. That fence is mine. You damaged both, and you came back to damage it more. This is my home. If I did this to your home, what would you do?
Dude: Well, I'd kill ya.
John: That's right. [wranglers come out guns drawn] [John tosses shovels toward the dudes] The man said if you didn't leave, we'd bury ya here. And you didn't leave. We keep our word in this valley.
Dude: Fine. We'll leave.
John: Nah, it's too late for that.
Dude: I said, we'll leave!
John: I don't want you to leave. I want you to dig.