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Big Little Lies Hits New Ratings High: 2.5 Million Tune In for Finale

If HBO’s Big Little Lies is indeed one season and done, at least it went out on a ratings high note.

Sunday’s season — and likely series — finale of the star-studded drama pulled in 2.5 million viewers on Sunday night across all airings, hitting a new ratings high, our sister site Deadline is reporting. That includes the 1.9 million viewers who watched the 9 pm ET premiere airing of the finale, which marks a 34 percent jump in viewership from the previous week’s airing.

Compared to February’s premiere, the finale — which solved a season-long mystery by revealing Alexander Skarsgard’s Perry as the person who died — grew a whopping 68 percent in total viewers. And those 2.5 million viewers will be just a drop in the bucket once HBO totals up all the multi-platform viewing; the series was already averaging more than 7 million viewers each week, with all the DVR, streaming and on-demand views factored in.

Unfortunately, it looks like HBO won’t be able to capitalize on these big numbers: Big Little Lies was billed as a miniseries, and director Jean-Marc Vallée insists “there is no way” it comes back for a Season 2. Or is that just a hint that HBO needs to open up their checkbook? Those Monterey beach houses aren’t cheap, you know.

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12 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    They deserve these ratings. This show was great.

  2. Judy says:

    I can’t express how much I enjoyed that show. Two episodes in and I bought and read the book. There is so much there, please write another season. The acting was stellar.

  3. Silvia says:

    Best series and cast. Music was awesome. Will watch it again

  4. Sue says:

    The best show, sad it’s over. Watched every episode twice, acting at its best!

  5. Fabrizia says:

    No they don’t need to open their checkbooks, Jean Marc Vallée has this thing called “artistic integrity” which has seldom been heard of in Hollywood. It means he doesn’t want to ruin his work with a pale imitation of it just because there’s money to be made. Reese and Nicole want more because they think they might not be so lucky next time (they’re not wrong, opportunities like this are limited for mature actresses), but they should focus on producing more high quality material and be encouraged by this success rather than be scared it won’t happen again. You proved you can do it, now have confidence and be ambitious.

  6. Ev says:

    I loved the show sad to hear it won’t be back.

  7. Natalie says:

    especially since 2 of the houses were in Malibu :)

  8. Angie D says:

    As soon as Jane told the others about being raped, I knew that Ziggy’s father had to be Claire’s husband, especially since Jane hadn’t met Claire’s husband. So, not totally shocked to find out that he was the one killed; although surprised about Bonnie’s role in his death. Series didn’t really flesh out her character as much. Overall, enjoyed the series, but not sure if I’d want to see an ‘extension’ of the story.

  9. flutiefan says:

    how does the book end?

  10. I would like to see another season..