“Peacock Finally Releases Highly Anticipated Season 5 of Yellowstone, Following a Delay”
After nearly five months since the eighth episode of season 5 aired on the linear Paramount Network in early January, Peacock has now made the first eight episodes of the fifth and final season of Yellowstone available for streaming.
Yellowstone, the popular Montana-based drama series produced by Taylor Sheridan, has garnered immense popularity, with the season 5 premiere attracting 12.1 million viewers across various Paramount cable channels like Paramount Plus, CMT, TV Land, and Pop. It currently holds the title of being the most-watched scripted show in the linear broadcast and cable domain.
However, the decision to license the exclusive U.S. subscription streaming rights for Yellowstone to Peacock in early 2020, a year before Paramount Plus was launched, is now regarded as a strategic misstep in the streaming video era. Paramount later realized the value of retaining streaming rights for its hit series, including the Yellowstone prequels 1883 and 1923, as well as successful shows like Mayor of Kingstown and Tulsa King, all of which are available on Paramount Plus.
While Peacock continues to enjoy the benefits of the Montana land grab, Paramount is now focused on concluding Yellowstone with the ongoing production of season 5, volume 2. The linear premiere date for this remaining portion of the season on Paramount cable networks is yet to be announced.
Paramount has plans to sunset Yellowstone, featuring Kevin Costner, and launch a new series set in the modern-day realm of the Yellowstone Cinematic Universe, reportedly starring Matthew McConaughey. It is highly likely that this new series will be available for streaming exclusively on Paramount Plus.
Nevertheless, whenever the final eight episodes of season 5 from the original Yellowstone with Costner are ready for release, Peacock will also offer them to its subscribers.
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