Starz's pirate drama 'Black Sails' starts off strong

By Kyle Johnson,

Starz's newest original program, Black Sails, debuted with decent numbers in the ratings on Saturday night.

The pirate drama's first telecast took in an average of 850,000 viewers on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show pulled in 3.5 million combined viewers over the entire weekend.

To be exact, 2.6 million watched Black Sails when it aired. The rest of the viewers used Starz's on-demand platforms to watch the show.

While the start for the Michael Bay-produced show was positive, it was not a new record-high premiere for Starz. The combination of all the viewings across platforms, however, was a new high for the premium cable network.

The numbers might also be affected by Starz releasing the pilot episode for free a week ahead of the show's premiere, where it was available to watch on a variety of on-demand platforms, including YouTube.

Black Sails was already renewed for a second season before the show was even close to debuting. Starz has turned its focus toward original content and has several new shows to premiere, including Outlander, Power and Flesh And Bone.

image: Starz

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