‘Outlander’ Return Sets Record Ratings

Nearly 1.5 million viewers tune into Sunday's season three premiere
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Outlander’s Sept. 20 season three premiere on Starz drew a series high audience of 1.49 million viewers, according to the pay service.

Sunday's episode of the female-targeted drama series starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan was also the third biggest audience for a Starz season premiere after the season three and season four premieres of the network’s Power series, said the network. 

Overall, the premiere drew nearly 2.1 million viewers across three Sunday night airings, besting the series’ landmark 2014 “The Wedding” episode (2 million viewers), said Starz.

The series fared well against competition from the premiere of HBO’s drama series The Deuce, which drew 830,000 viewers in its premiere run and 2.2 million viewers on a live plus same day basis, including multi-platform views, according to HBO officials. 

Outlander -- based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling book series of the same name -- also posted series high in several key demos with its season three premiere, including women 18+ and 35+, as well as adults 50+.