‘The Gilded Age’ Hits Series High With Season 1 Finale, Audience Grows 54% From Premiere

The Gilded Age ended its freshman run on a high note, with its finale earning 1.6 million viewers across HBO platforms.

The HBO freshman wrapped its first season on Monday with Bertha Russell
(Carrie Coon) at the top of her game with every high society woman attending her grand ball, even if most would’ve rather have been elsewhere. Marian (Louisa Jacobson) and Peggy (Denée Benton) faced many challenges across 9 episodes, and while there’s still much to unravel, things are looking hopeful at last. Read Deadline’s full recap  and Q&A with bosses Julian Fellowes & Sonja Warfield here.

The season ender marked a series high for The Gilded Age and brought in a 54% audience increase from the premiere back in January. At the time of the finale, The Gilded Age grew from its initial 1 million total viewers to 8.5 million across HBO and HBO Max.

Heading into the finale, The Gilded Age was the top series on HBO Max. HBO Max also shared that The Gilded Age was also the #1 most social drama series across TV on Monday, the #2 most social Series Finale on Premium Cable year-to-date and the #3 most social Drama Series Finale across all of TV year-to-date.

HBO’s The Official Gilded Age Podcast, hosted by  TCM’s Alicia Malone and Tom Meyers from The Bowery Boys, reached #1 on the Apple After Show podcast chart and #2 in TV & Film.

The Gilded Age has been renewed for Season 2. The series was created and written by Julian Fellowes, who executive produces with Gareth Neame, David Crockett and Bob Greenblatt. Additional executive producers are directors Michael Engler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Writer Sonja Warfield serves as co-executive producer with Erica Dunbar. The Gilded Age is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Rosy Cordero contributed to this report.

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