'Exceeding Expectations': Taylor Sheridan universe expands as Yellowstone ratings soar

    Taylor Sheridan's 'Yellowstone' continues to break ratings records while his new drama 'The Mayor of Kingstown' begins its journey on Paramount+, creating a prosperous 'Taylor Sheridan universe'.

    <p>Taylor Sheridan (Source: The Guardian)</p>

    Renowned for breaking linear cable rating records, Taylor Sheridan's flagship drama, Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, continues to impress audiences nationwide. Meanwhile, his new drama series The Mayor of Kingstown, on the up-and-coming Paramount+ platform, debuted to a solid reception, setting the stage for a burgeoning "Taylor Sheridan universe".

    "Exceeding Expectations": Yellowstone's Undeniable Magnetism

    Yellowstone's Season 4, Week 2, as reported by Deadline, pulled in a whopping 7.5 million viewers on Live+Same Day, only a minuscule 7% off from its record-breaking two-hour season premiere. In the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, the drop-off was a mere 4%. In fact, Yellowstone actually increased its 18-49 rating in live viewing, testifying to the drama's magnetic allure.

    'The Mayor of Kingstown': New Entrant in the Taylor Sheridan Universe

    The third episode of Yellowstone provided the lead-in for the premiere of The Mayor of Kingstown, fronted by Jeremy Renner. It attracted a respectable 2.6 million viewers and scored 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic. Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group, praised the show's performance saying, "It's exceeding expectations on a very competitive night with NFL football."

    McCarthy continued, explaining the strategic use of Yellowstone as a "launch pad" for new original series in the expanding Taylor Sheridan universe. This universe is set to become even more immersive, with a prequel series, 1883, currently in the works. McCarthy promises it to be a "beautiful and cinematic" saga that can pull in both Yellowstone fans and newcomers.

    Unifying the Taylor Sheridan Universe: Bridging Cable and Streaming

    The growing popularity of Sheridan's shows indicates a potential strategy to leverage both linear television and streaming platforms. McCarthy highlighted the importance of linear platforms, calling them a "great launch pad" to attract vast audiences. As the only current scripted series on Paramount Network, Yellowstone presents a beacon of hope for the network.

    Looking ahead, Sheridan's next project after 1883 is Land Man, a drama set in the world of oil rigs, further enriching the breadth and depth of the Taylor Sheridan universe.

    The unyielding success of Taylor Sheridan's dramas is a testament to his storytelling prowess and an encouraging sign for a TV landscape that's constantly evolving. This success, while impressive, is only the beginning of what seems to be a much larger and interconnected universe.

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