If you weren't one of the 4.8 million people who tuned into HBO's new drama Boardwalk Empire, you must have at least heard about the series critics are calling the "best of the decade." Either that, or you've been unconscious, or living under a rock.
The $20 million dollar episode (yes it cost that much to produce the pilot!) brought in an impressive 4.8 million viewers in the 9PM hour. All told, 7.1 viewers watched the HBO drama on Sunday night, in its first airing and repeat outings.
That's the "largest premiere audience of any program in over six years," according to HBO.
"All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson's initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese's enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi," HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement released by HBO. "The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing."
Amazing is certainly the best word to describe the season premiere. Did you watch Boardwalk Empire? What did you think?