Paramount TV has officially renewed Kevin Costner’s Western drama, Yellowstone, for another ten-episode second season! The renewal comes as no surprise as the series premiere managed to score 2. 8 million viewers and has held on to that impressive number in the subsequent weeks, clocking in at around 2.4 million viewers weekly. By the time that DVR playbacks were counted, Yellowstone became the second-most watched drama behind The Walking Dead on ad-supported cable this year.
Yellowstone follows the Duttons, a ranching family led by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, who own the largest cattle ranch in the United States and are constantly facing off against others trying to encroach on their land. The series stars Fifty Shades of Grey’s Luke Grimes, True Detective’s Kelly Reilly, American Horror Story’s Wes Bentley, Rouge’s Cole Hauser, and Teen Wolf’s Kelsey Asbille.
In February 2017, Viacom Media Network announced that Spike would be re-branded as Paramount Network come 2018 in an effort to brand themselves closer with Paramount Film studios. Yellowstone joined the new original programming lineup for Paramount’s TV network alongside both Waco and American Women, which have both been performing well with critics and audiences. Waco recently received three 2018 Emmy nominations.
Yellowstone marks Kevin Costner’s first recurring television series role. He did appear on The History Channel’s three-episode miniseries Hatfield’s & McCoys. He’s most known in Hollywood for films such as Field of Dreams, The Postman, and Dances With Wolves for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Season 1 of Yellowstone is currently airing on the Paramount TV network Wednesdays at 10:00 pm EST. The season 1 finale will air on August 22.