Paramount has another Taylor Sheridan-sized hit on its hands.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Tulsa King has been renewed by Paramount+ for a second season. The drama series’ premiere episode scored some massive ratings after it was given a special Paramount Network preview after the Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone, another Sheridan-produced TV series.
According to Nielsen numbers provided by Paramount, Tulsa King is the highest-rated series debut on cable this year, besting HBO’s House of the Dragon. The premiere was watched by 3.7 million viewers (including delayed viewing). Here’s what Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios president and CEO Chris McCarthy had to say about the news:
“Tulsa King scored as the number one new series of the year, topping all others including the Game of Thrones sequel House of the Dragon. With its preview on Paramount Network, and on Paramount+, it shattered records, driving us to our biggest new signup day in history — which is why we instantly greenlit season two.”
Paramount Streaming’s chief programming officer Tanya Giles added:
“With the combination of the incomparable Sylvester Stallone and Taylor Sheridan’s darkly comedic twist on the beloved mobster genre, we have found our latest hit in Tulsa King. The series’ premiere on Paramount+ helped drive a record signup day, fueled by our unique ability as Paramount Global to tap into Paramount Network’s incredible Yellowstone audience.”
For those curious, Yellowstone Season 5 premiered to around 12.1 million cross-platform viewers earlier this month (a number that has since grown to 17 million viewers).
Tulsa King stars Sylvester Stallone as a mafioso who’s released from prison and exiled to Oklahoma to rebuild his crime empire. Season 1 is still dropping new episodes weekly on Paramount+.
Are you watching Tulsa King? Surprised to see it beat House of the Dragon in viewership?