Riviera launches with 1.2 million viewers, making it the biggest premiere on Sky Atlantic this year


The first episode of Sky Original Production Riviera, starring Julia Stiles (the Bourne series), has been watched by 1.2 million viewers live and on demand, becoming the biggest launch on Sky Atlantic in 2017 - beating Big Little Lies and season two of Billions - and the most watched Sky Original Production premiere since season one of Fortitude.

Riviera was made available as a box set on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV from Thursday 15 June when the first episode premiered. Since then customers have taken advantage of being able to watch the show when and how they want. Within the first week it was downloaded more than 5.3 million times, a record for any new Sky box set, outperforming The Night Of, Billions, The Tunnel: Sabotage and season two of Fortitude.

And customers couldn’t wait to watch the second instalment of the extravagant thriller, as almost one million (965,000) already watched episode two on demand in the first five days before the linear showing on Thursday 22 June. An additional 281,000 people binge-watched all 10 episodes in the first week alone.

Zai Bennett, Sky’s director of programmes, commented: “Our customers want the flexibility to watch shows when and how they want. Whether that’s tuning in live to Sky Atlantic each week or binge-watching on demand – we are giving them that option. With the powerful storyline and compelling characters of Riviera, it’s no wonder viewers are already hooked with 5.3 million downloads to date.”

Riviera is an intoxicating thriller set in the sun-drenched South of France, the opulent playground of the world’s filthy rich, with morally ambiguous characters, complex relationships and audacious excess.

The drama joins a host of Sky Original Productions airing in 2017, including Tin Star coming soon, as well as Guerrilla and Jamestown, both currently available.

All episodes of Riviera are now available exclusively on Sky Atlantic and online streaming service, NOW TV in the UK and Ireland and episode three will air on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 6 July at 9pm. Sky Q customers are able to watch it in Ultra HD, with up to four times the definition of HD. The show is also available on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany and Austria. Co-produced by the Altice Group, it airs in France on a SFR Play.