Big Sky Soars in Delayed Viewing. How Well is it Performing?

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ABC has a hit on its hands with Big Sky. 

The freshman ABC drama launched to middling numbers last month. 

Big Sky Season 1 Episode 1 notched 4.2 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating. 

Abducted On a Road Trip - Big Sky

With a week of DVR factored in, however, the series swelled to 8.7 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the demo. 

When you factor in digital platforms, the premiere managed 10.8 million viewers and a 2.5 rating, becoming ABC's biggest multi-platform launch in two years. 

Rick in the Wild - Big Sky Season 1 Episode 3

In fact, Big Sky is the network's biggest launch in multiplatform ratings since the series debut of The Rookie in October 2018. 

What's more, the new drama had the largest L+7 playback lift for a new series debut in total viewers (+4.55 million) since September 2018 (NBC’s New Amsterdam) and with adults 18-49 (+0.9 rating points) since February 2020 (Fox’s Lego Masters).

In L+7 linear ratings, the Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury-led drama emerged as the strongest drama debut telecast in total viewers and adults 18-49 since Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star on January 19, 2020.

Taking It All In - Big Sky Season 1 Episode 1

So, yes, the series is proving to be a huge hit. 

While the numbers for the next few episodes could slip in delayed viewing, we already know how they performed in the overnights:

- Big Sky Season 1 Episode 2 drew 4.5 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. 

- Big Sky Season 1 Episode 3 drew 4.1 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. 

On The Scene - Big Sky Season 1 Episode 1

Yep, the series is also steady as a rock.

Big Sky centers on private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with Cody's estranged wife, ex-cop Jenny Hoyt, to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana.

But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop a killer before another woman is taken.

Headed To Work - Big Sky Season 1 Episode 1

The series premiere packed a punch with a wild twist at the conclusion, and the series has continued to deliver chilling developments. 

What are your thoughts on the ratings?

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Remember you can watch Big Sky online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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