‘Pose’ – with fan devastation in tow after learning the MJ Rodriguez-led show was set to strut across screens for a third and final season this spring – went to ratings battle Sunday (May 2) with a double whammy of a season 3 kickoff.
Marking its comeback with a two-episode showing, the groundbreaking FX series gave fans their first taste of Pray Tell, Ricky, Blanca, Angel, Elektra, and the girls since the wrap-up of season 2 in late August 2019.
As evinced by social media responses, the long-awaited return was showered with critical acclaim. Refreshed Nielsen reports suggest that fanfare was reflected in ratings as well.
Total Viewership = 868,000
Thanks to a duo of episodes, ‘Pose’ sashayed to its highest premiere night viewership to date. While episode 1 courted 498,000, its follow-up secured an additional 370,000 – resulting in a total of 868,000 sets of eyes on the show Sunday night. This total only reflects pure real-time ratings, meaning DVR views – once calculated – will easily push that total over 1 million.
Look below to see how season 3 stacks up to its preceding ‘Pose’ seasons.
‘Pose’ Premiere Night Ratings
Season 1: 688,000
Season 2: 672,000
Season 3: 898,000
With all numbers considered, ‘Pose’ finished fourth among the day’s most-viewed scripted programs – bested only by Hallmark’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ (2.6m viewers), AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ (1m viewers), and HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’ (918k viewers).