‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 1 Finale Earns Strong Ratings

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Stroll down to the speakeasy and pop open the champagne, the freshman season of Boardwalk Empire is a success!

The first season finale of HBO’s hit series had 3.3 million viewers Sunday night, and another 900,000 tuned in for the encore showing. According to HBO, each episode has averaged 10.5 million views across live, on-demand and recorded audiences. This makes Boardwalk Empire their second-most popular series behind True Blood, and the best opening season for an HBO show since Six Feet Under.

Some viewers have criticized the show’s relatively slow pace in its opening episodes (a ‘flaw’ shared by AMC’s successful Mad Men), but the show has picked up quickly in the last few episodes and delivered a satisfying conclusion. Fans will be happy to know that Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for a second season, and barring a catastrophic drop in viewership, a few more years of prohibition-era drama seems like a certainty.

Like The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire will take its time coming back: new episodes aren’t expected until the fall. The pilot drew the highest viewership of the season, due in no small part to the promotion of Martin Scorsese’s involvement. It has been noted that Scorsese may be directing future episodes, time permitting.

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The show’s mix of real and fictional gangsters, politicians and G-men is a potent one. Combined with typically top-notch period piece production design and casting from HBO, (not to mention a healthy advertising campaign) it’s no wonder that Boardwalk Empire has caught on so quickly. The show’s hair-trigger tension and quasi-historical Atlantic City setting make it compelling television – you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like it on TV, now or in the last ten years. The episodes are lighter on action than the trailers would indicate, an observation that has irked some viewers.

Steve Buschemi, who is used to small supporting roles in big pictures, has drawn favorable reviews for his character “Nucky” Thompson. Expectations for Stephen Graham’s portrayal of a young Al Capone are high, especially considering his other gangster roles in Public Enemies and Snatch. If the show writers are accurate (and smart) they’ll allow the iconic gangster to slowly gain underworld momentum over several seasons.

Boardwalk Empire season 2 will premiere fall 2011, on HBO

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. It seemed me that it wasn’t until the end of the first season that they were finally becoming aware of what their characters were. How said characters would fit into the grand scheme of their work, and where exactly they wanted to go. There were some good character building moments, but I never felt like the show had a plan for them. So it was nice to see the finale start putting some pieces in place.

  2. I enjoy the show, but never at any time have I found my self thinking “This is a fantastic show.” It’s enjoyable, but half the time I have a hard time focusing all my attention on it. It’s now become my new Background show I check email and screen rant and other things while it’s on. Heck the other day I played Missle Command with it on in the back ground. It is a midly entertaining show that some times has great moments, but more often than not it feels like nothing episode after an episode.

  3. I love this show. It’s like heroin and crack for me. Each time and episode ended I was just wanting more. Great characters, story, dialog and I enjoy the slower pacing for building tension. This is my personal favorite show right now.

  4. It’s a brilliant show. I love every minute of it. Best series in a long time. Buscemi is excellent. And, to the guy who said the writers didn’t have a plan for the characters: Of course they did. It’s based on real events. Fictionalized versions on real events. But, real events nonetheless. And, personally, I could see them setting up the dominoes the whole season. The finale is the flick of the first domino. Next season they all start falling down. I want it to be here now!

  5. i love the show, but season 2 is not on till fall 2011, wow, thats nearly a year to wait.

    • Yes, I agree – I have never in my life waiting nearly one year for a popular new HBO series to come back – especially one where the main character won the Emmy for best actor in a new series, and the series itself was a blockbuster in ratings. What in the heck is going on here? I am really disappointed – finishes first season in February, then on hiatus till September (or later)?

      • And why is the right side of this website cut off by advertising – you can’t even read the entire comments of people – there’s no “x” to close a side window and read the entire screen!

  6. Screenrant, fix this website – the right side is cut off by ads!

    • Sheila,

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. The site looks fine to me on 4 different browsers. What browser are you using and what version? Can you do a screen capture and email me an image to vic@screenrant.com?

      Thanks,

      Vic

  7. I love the show and the story behind it! I think it has has just enough of every aspect Iam excited to see what they have come up with for season two. What I enjoy about this show is not being able to anticipate what is going to happen next. shows these day are so predictable figuring about what a characters next move or being able to tell the story line before it even happens! That ruins show for me and that is when I become bored and stop watching. I hope the writers of this series keep it suspense full and me at the edge of my seat!!!

  8. When is this show going to start ????