Yellowstone, the most popular drama series on cable television, just hit network television, re-premiering on CBS this past Sunday. Outside of football, there isn't a series that comes close to pulling Yellowstone's numbers, so how many viewers did the family drama really stand to gain? 6.6 million, apparently. Per Variety, Yellowstone's CBS debut exceeded its original 2018 broadcast on Paramount by roughly four million, bringing the modern western to a whole new audience. Football, watch your back!
But are CBS viewers getting the same experience as the Yellowstone fans over at Paramount? Network television isn't known to promote cursing, violence, nudity, or any questionable content that earns Yellowstone its TV-MA rating. Well, according to Country Living, a representative from CBS confirmed that there are some minor differences to the new broadcast. For instance, certain inflammatory language will be muted. Scenes depicting violence and sexual content will also be edited to meet network standards. But Yellowstone on CBS will still carry a TV-14 rating.
Right now, Sunday night on CBS is also the only place that you can experience Yellowstone content with the wider fanbase. Paramount made the shift to try and fill out their fall television slate during the continued SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, but diehard fans know that the series would have been on hiatus anyway. A bitter feud between Kevin Costner and creator Taylor Sheridan has put a big question mark over the future of the series, with Costner recently threatening to "go to court" over his eventual exit.
Even so, it seems fans are more than happy to reminisce about the good 'ol days of Yellowstone. Plus, CBS reported that 80% of their audience had yet to watch the western family drama before it aired. With numbers like that, we could see more demand for countless Yellowstone spinoffs once the series finally returns.
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