‘Succession’ Scores 1.4 Million Viewers In Season 3 Debut; HBO Says Drama Marks Biggest Premiere Since HBO Max Launch

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Logan, Kendall and the rest of the dysfunctional Roy family returned to HBO for Season 3 of Succession on Sunday, hitting a milestone for HBO in the process. Drawing more than 1.4 million viewers across all platforms, the Emmy-winning drama marked the best premiere night performance of any HBO original series since HBO Max launched in May 2020, per HBO.

Succession, which stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, returned with a 13% increase in viewership from its Season 2 premiere. Digital viewing was up 214% from the Season 2 premiere. HBO Max also shared that the debut episode marked the biggest digital premiere for an HBO series since the sophomore season of Big Little Lies.

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The Season 3 opener saw Logan (Cox), Shiv (Snook), Roman (Culkin) and Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron) scramble for their next steps after Kendall’s (Strong) bombshell confession from Season 2. The scavenge for familial, political and financial alliances as Waystar Royco finds itself embroiled in controversy as sexual assault allegations rise against its leadership. Tensions grow as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war, with the Roy family navigating the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world.

The Season 3 cast also includes Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter, James Cromwell, Natalie Gold, Juliana Canfield, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Zoë Winters and Jeannie Berlin. Additional cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody, Hope Davis and Dasha Nekrasova.

Succession comes from creator/showrunner/executive producer Jesse Armstrong. Additional executive producers include Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown and Will Ferrell.

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