The fourth episode of HBO’s controversial and buzzy teen drama Euphoria, starring Zendaya, reached a new high for HBO.
The episode, “Shook One, Pt. II,” captivated 609,000 viewers in its 10 p.m. timeslot. The viewership was a 24 percent rise from last week’s episode and 5 percent higher than the viewership for the premiere episode. Including audiences watching the series digitally through HBO Go, HBO Now and other streaming platforms, “Shook One, Pt. II” reached 1.2 million viewers.
The series, which got attention prior to its launch due to early positive reviews (particularly towards Zendaya’s performance) and its controversial subject matter (drugs, sex, and violence), has also been a hit on social media since its debut.
Prior to its premiere, the Zendaya-led series received a glowing review of its first few episodes from us: “Zendaya masterfully and powerfully leads this brutal and emotional depiction of 2019 teenage life, obliterating her Disney image while delivering what is sure to be among the best performances on television in 2019.”
Storm Reid, Algee Smith, Austin Abrams, Nika King, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Hunter Schafer and Sydney Sweeney round out the ensemble cast. HBO first announced the project last March, calling it a teen drama and a story of “drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love, and friendship.” The story is told by “a lying, drug-addicted 17-year-old named Rue (Zendaya).”
Big Little Lies, also garnered a huge audience for HBO. Its fifth episode, “Kill Me,” had a total audience count of 2.8 million including digital viewership.
Both shows air back to back, Sundays on HBO.