‘The Righteous Gemstones’ TV Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Comedy Debut in More Than 3 Years

TheWrap | 8/20/2019 | Jennifer Maas
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Hallelujah, HBO execs: The series premiere of Danny McBride’s “The Righteous Gemstones” on Sunday was the pay TV channel’s most-watched linear debut of a comedy series in more than three years.

The hour-long “Righteous Gemstones” premiere brought in 844,000 viewers across HBO’s platforms yesterday, including streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now.

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The 10 p.m. airing alone averaged 593,000 viewers, making it the HBO comedy to launch with the highest linear-viewership tally since the 2016 premiere of “Vice Principals,” which also starred McBride and put up 1.2 million viewers.

The comedy about a “televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work” stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Calvero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams star.

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“The Righteous Gemstones” is created, written, executive produced and directed by McBride. Jody Hill and David Gordon Green also executive produce and direct.

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