SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — STARZ Original Series “Power Book IV: Force” debuted as the most-watched premiere ever in STARZ history with 3.3 Million multiplatform views in the U.S. on Sunday alone, based on early reporting with many other platforms still to report.
For the second time in less than three months, STARZ broke app viewership records on Sunday with the “Power Book IV: Force” premiere and the season two finale of “Power Book II: Ghost” delivering the most-watched day on the STARZ app in the network’s history. Internationally, it was also the most-watched day on the STARZPLAY app ever in Germany, France and the UK.
“The ‘Power’ Universe continues to deliver worldwide hit series with incredible performance that compares favorably with many other high-profile streaming series,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO at STARZ. “We’re excited to see these strong early numbers for the premiere of ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ which is poised to join our growing lineup of tentpole series at STARZ that have global multiplatform season average views in the nine to ten million range.”
“Power Book IV: Force,” which centers on fan-favorite Tommy Egan played by Joseph Sikora, also set records on linear alone with the series delivering the highest-rated premiere in the network’s history. The third spinoff in the “Power” Universe, “Power Book IV: Force” was the #2 highest-rated cable telecast for Sunday second only to the season two finale of “Power Book II: Ghost.”
“Power Book IV: Force” and “Power Book II: Ghost” are executive produced by Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The “Power” Universe series are executive produced by “Power” creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through G-Unit Film and Television, and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. End of Episode’s Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich also executive produce. Brett Mahoney also serves as executive producer on “Power Book II: Ghost” and will serve as showrunner on the recently announced third season. Lionsgate Television produces the series for STARZ.
About “Power Book IV: Force”
“Power Book IV: Force” centers on fan-favorite character Tommy Egan, played by Joseph Sikora, after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. As Tommy leaves New York after losing Ghost, LaKeisha and the only city he’s ever known, he makes a quick detour to close an old wound that’s been haunting him for decades. What was supposed to be a quick stop turns into a labyrinth of family secrets and lies Tommy thought were long buried. One step leads to another and Tommy quickly finds himself in Chicago’s drug game, inserting himself between the city’s two biggest crews. In a city divided by race, Tommy straddles the line, ultimately becoming the lynchpin that not only unites them – but holds the POWER to watch them crumble. As the first season unfolds at breakneck speed, Tommy uses his outsider status to his advantage, breaking all the local rules and rewriting them on his quest to become the biggest drug dealer in Chicago.
About “Power Book II: Ghost” – Season Two
“Power Book II: Ghost” begins its second season with Tariq St. Patrick still running from a legacy that haunts him. Forced into the choice to take the life of his professor, Jabari Reynolds, Tariq finds himself drifting further from that which he’s been fighting to protect: his family. With Tasha in witness protection, Tariq knows he must sacrifice anything to save what’s left of his family. Unable to do it alone, he turns to those wielding power and influence: Davis MacLean
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Multiplatform – “Power Book IV: Force” is the biggest series premiere in STARZ history across platforms (Nielsen, Live+ Same Day P2+ (000) and available nonlinear and OTT platforms, April 2007-2/6/22)
Linear – “Power Book IV: Force” is the highest rated series premiere in STARZ history (Nielsen, Live+ Same Day Coverage HH rating- April 2007 to 2/6/22)
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