Halo’s TV debut broke Paramount+’s record for viewership

The Halo TV series premiered on Paramount+ on March 24, and apparently the first episode drew even more viewers than the 1883 premiere, the prequel spin-off to the current viral darling Yellowstone. Of course, like every streaming service, Paramount+ doesn’t like to give you viewer numbers, but it’s bigger than you might expect. As of February 15th Viacom earnings report, 32.8 million subscribers.

This is mainly due to exclusive Star Trek shows like Discovery as well as iCarly and lots of kids programming that makes it appealing to parents who appreciate the calming effect of a Peppa Pig marathon.

Currently, Paramount+ is also included as part of Game Pass Ultimate in a deal to promote the Halo TV show, and this is a smart way to entice viewers. It remains to be seen whether these subscribers remain after the 30-day trial ends.

The first episode was divisive – especially thanks to the decision to show the Master Chief’s face and establish a separate timeline from the games. Our own Nat Clayton watched the first episode and wasn’t sure who this show and its new canon was for, noting that the Halo TV series has absolutely no vibes.

As Nat wrote, “When switching to television, Halo has to rely on its gaminess in a way that The Witcher or even Castlevania never had. It has to be about Master Chief (he’s the man, after all), but Master Chief is a video game superhero who talks little and hits hard. He doesn’t get in the way of the FPS spectacle, but that also means his personality starts and ends with armor.”

Halo stars Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey and Jen Taylor as Cortana. New episodes will air on Paramount+ every week.

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