‘The White Lotus’ Hits Series High Viewership With Shocking Sex Scene

Sunday’s episode of “The White Lotus” dropped jaws and brought in eyes.

Between linear airings on the HBO cable channel and streams on HBO Max, Episode 5 of the anthology series’ second season was viewed by 2.3 million people — more than any previous episode of the series — in its first night. Before this, the series high belonged to the Season 1 finale, which brought in 1.9 million viewers when it debuted last August.

This also marks a 28% jump in viewership from Episode 4. Viewership of Season 2 has increased with every episode since it premiered with 1.5 million viewers.

It’s not surprising that Episode 5 got so much traction, as it instantly set social media ablaze thanks to a shocking sex scene in its final minutes. (For spoilers, and to read series creator Mike White’s ideas about the scene, read Variety‘s exclusive interview here.)

More to come…

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