'His Dark Materials' Series Premiere Draws 700,000 Viewers Across All HBO Platforms

Adaptation of Philip Pullman novel series is HBO’s most-watched Monday debut since “Chernobyl” premiered in May


HBO’s series premiere of “His Dark Materials” scored 700,000 multiplatform viewers on Monday, one day after the TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel series made its debut on BBC One in the UK. That makes it the most-watched Monday debut for the pay TV channel since the Jared Harris-led limited series “Chernobyl” premiered in May, according to HBO.

Viewing on HBO’s digital platforms, HBO Go and HBO Now, was six times greater than the series start of “Gentleman Jack,” which aired its first episode in April.

“His Dark Materials” follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Along with Keen, the series stars Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.

“His Dark Materials” was adapted for television by Jack Thorne who executive produces along with Pullman, Tom Hooper and Otto Bathurst, as well as Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf, Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.

The drama, which received an initial two-season order from BBC One and HBO, is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema.

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