‘Outlander’ Ratings Dip for Season 5 Premiere. Should Fans Be Worried?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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After a break of greater than a 12 months, Outlander returned to TV on Feb. 16, a lot to the delight of loyal followers. They have been keen to search out out what’s subsequent for Claire, Jamie, Brianna, and Roger as they construct a life in America on the eve of the Revolution. 

Outlander has attracted a faithful following because it premiered in 2014. But is curiosity within the steamy, time-traveling love story fading? Viewership numbers for the season 5 premiere have been down in comparison with the primary episode of season 4. 

About 815,000 individuals watched the ‘Outlander’ Season 5 premiere 

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About 815,000 individuals watched the fifth season premiere of Outlander, based on the Live + Same Day scores shared by TV Series Finale. That’s down 24% from the season Four premiere, which attracted simply over 1 million viewers. Overall, season Four averaged 1.041 million viewers per episode. 

A virtually 25% drop in viewers definitely sounds unhealthy. Could a shrinking viewers put the way forward for Outlander in jeopardy? 

Some individuals can’t get ‘Outlander’ with their cable subscription

We can’t know for positive the rationale fewer individuals tuned in to the Outlander Season 5 premiere. But one purpose may must do with a Comcast-Starz dispute that has left many cable subscribers with out entry to the premium channel. 

As of early February, Comcast prospects who need to watch Starz programming must pay further for the channel, which was beforehand a part of the usual channel lineup. Previous Starz viewers may get the channel for $5 a month for a restricted time; in any other case, it prices $8.99 a month. 

Those costs are on par with what you’d pay to subscribe to the Starz app by itself. Some Outlander followers who beforehand bought Starz by means of their cable bundle could have migrated to the app. And the quantity of people that view an episode by means of the app isn’t reported to Nielsen, in order that they wouldn’t present up within the numbers reported by TV Series Finale. 

‘Outlander’ has already been renewed for season 6 

A drop within the variety of individuals watching a present may be regarding for followers, who could fear {that a} shrinking viewers will trigger a community to tug the plug on a sequence. But within the case of Outlander, followers don’t have anything to fret about, not less than for the time being.

Way again in May 2018, Starz introduced that it was renewing the interval drama for season 5 and 6. 

“Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World,” Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht, stated in a press release on the time. 

“We kind of hoped that we would get a season five,” stated sequence star Catriona Balfe advised Digital Spy on the 2018 BAFTAs. “We weren’t really expecting them to pick up both together, so that’s really exciting.”

The upcoming sixth season will likely be primarily based on the guide A Breath of Snow and Ashes. 

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