Tommy is the new king of Chicago. And apparently also the Starz network. The Sunday, February 6th debut of Power Book IV: Force posted the biggest series premiere audience for any show in Starz history. Centered on the character of “Tommy Egan” from the original Power series, the third spinoff in the franchise had a first-night audience bigger than Showtime’s Dexter: New Blood and HBO’s The White Lotus, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
Will Power Book IV: Force be renewed for a second season? Hopes were very high heading into the season premiere, and now with the episode smashing records for Starz, a nod for Season Two seems likely.
Meanwhile, sources near the show tell SCREEN they fully expect to see an order for a second season, and that announcement should be coming in the very near future. If ordered, Season Two would be expected to begin filming in Chicago this May.
THR reported Sunday’s debut gathered 3.3 million cross-platform viewers, the biggest tally for any Starz premiere to date. The great majority of those watching did so via digital platforms including the Starz app: The show’s on-air premiere drew 648,000 viewers, according to Nielsen — also a record for a Starz series premiere — and replays pushed the tally to 735,000.
Here’s a look at what lies ahead in the debut season of Power Book IV: Force…
“The Power universe continues to deliver worldwide hit series with incredible performance that compares favorably with many other high-profile streaming series,” said Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re excited to see these strong early numbers for the premiere of Power Book IV: Force, which is poised to join our growing lineup of tentpole series at Starz that have global multi-platform season average views in the nine to ten million range.”
Power Book IV: Force follows Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora, reprising his role from the flagship series) from New York to Chicago, where he finds himself drawn back into the drug trade and caught between two rival outfits. The series also stars Isaac Keys, Lili Simmons, Gabrielle Ryan, Shane Harper, Kris D. Lofton, Anthony Fleming III, Lucien Cambric, Jeremih, Tommy Flanagan, and Chicago native Phil Donlon.
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