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.