You already knew it was gonna be big…
And the numbers are in.
Breaking its own previous record from the Season 4 premiere, the two-part Yellowstone Season 5 premiere clocked in at a whopping 12.1 million viewers in the first day.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the show racked up 8.8 million from Paramount Network, a total of 10.3 million when you include the additional broadcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop, and then when you throw in the encores, you get a grand total of 12.1 million viewers.
The total also puts Yellowstone atop the list of every scripted series premiere this year.
Not bad, eh?
Episode 3 is set to air Sunday, November 20th on Paramount Network.
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Yellowstone Season 5: The Cast Reacts To Episode 1 – “One Hundred Years Is Nothing”
Just incase you’ve been living under a rock, Yellowstone is BACK, as Season Five kicked off last night in a two-part premiere on Paramount Network
Last night, we got acclimated to John Dutton becoming governor of Montana, Lainey Wilson making her first appearance on the big screen as new character Abby, a Shane Smith & the Saints cameo, a ton of new music to add to the soundtrack from other great country artists, and so much more.
With that being said, Yellowstone is doing us a favor by recapping Season Five, Episode One in the latest edition of “Behind the Story.”
To kick things off, we get the perspective of the Dutton family after John gets elected governor of Montana, including Jamie, who actor Wes Bentley admits is incredibly jealous of his father getting the job he always longed for one day.
“It’s confusing and dispiriting and demoralizing for Jamie to sit here and watch John live the dream that he’s had… I think it’s a real challenge.
He’s trying to walk a line without getting a trouble, and for the first time in a long time, I think he feels like he’s in check.
And now John is playing hardball and making decisions, whether that’s good or bad, that’s up for debate.”
Angela Blue Thunder is back this season and it seems like that might mean bad news for Thomas Rainwater. It’s clear that she’s fed up with the Chairman of the Broken Rock Reservation, and doesn’t have much patience for Rainwater to figure out what to do about John.
Gil Birmingham, who plays Thomas Rainwater, says it might all backfire on him:
“I don’t know what Rainwater was thinking when he thought he was gonna bring her in as an ally, but it might be backfiring on him at this point. I’m still trying to make alliances so it’s a very thin ice kind of thing.”
They also show the ranch hands at the Dutton ranch getting acclimated to the spotlight, as John hosts his first election party at the ranch.
This is also where we meet Lainey Wilson’s character Abby, who basically catches feelings instantly for Ian Bohen’s character Ryan, the ranch hand who has yet to find the love his life.
And in good ol’ cowboy fashion, he shoots his shot by literally roping her in and two-steppin’ with her.
Wilson calls it an immediate attraction:
“This immediate interest, immediate attraction.”
And by the end of the video, we see Kayce’s wife Monica dealing with the pregnancy of their second child, going into labor early with Kayce away near the border.
Of course, nothing ever goes smooth for Kayce and Monica, who are arguably the most moral characters in the Dutton family, and they wind up losing their second baby John in a horrific car crash.
Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton, admits that he and Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton) talk often about the constant struggles of their characters:
“As soon as this family seems to be going in one direction, it just seems like they’re tortured… it’s terrible.”
“It’s really hard to see Monica go through that trauma… it’s heartbreaking.”
Gitty up, I’ve gotta great feeling this season is gonna exceed the hype.
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Shane Smith & The Saints, Zach Bryan & More Featured In Yellowstone Season 5 Premiere
Yellowstone is BACK.
The wait is over, Season 5 is here, and in addition to seeing the newly-elected Governor of Montana, the great John Dutton (Kevin Costner), a grown up Carter, new characters (hello Lainey Wilson), and some serious screen time for Shane Smith & The Saints, we also have a whole new batch of songs to add to the best soundtrack on television.
We have seven new tunes to add to the to our league leading Yellowstone: The Soundtrack playlist, a must-follow for anyone that loves the show, or even just someone looking for a great playlist of country music.
Featuring every song from every episode, and updated in real time every Sunday, the playlist features Ryan Bingham, who stars in the show, Whiskey Myers (who even made an appearance as a bar band), as well as Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, Lainey Wilson, Cody Jinks, Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Turnpike Troubadours and more.
But on tonight’s two-part Season 5 premiere, we got tunes from Robert Earl Keen, Dolly Parton, Zach Bryan, a triple shot of Shane Smith & The Saints, and Hayes Carll.
“Shades Of Gray” – Robert Earl Keen
“Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” – Dolly Parton
“Whiskey Fever” – Zach Bryan
“Fire In The Ocean” – Shane Smith & the Saints
“Dance The Night Away” – Shane Smith & the Saints
“Alex” – Shane Smith & the Saints
“Happy Hour” – Hayes Carll
If you’re looking for the entire Yellowstone soundtrack, complete through all episodes of Season 4, then look no further.
Our Yellowstone: The Soundtrack Playlist, featuring every song from every episode, updated in real time, every Sunday night.