HBO/Max Original Series ‘The Idol,’ Co-Starring Lily-Rose Depp, Saw 913,000 Combined Viewers in Debut

New HBO/Max drama series “The Idol,” co-starring Lily-Rose Depp, generated 913,000 viewers for its June 4 debut, according to new numbers from Warner Bros. Discovery, which cited Nielsen household data.

Depp stars as a pop star on the comeback trail following a very public nervous breakdown on social media, assisted in part by a controversial self-help guru.

The show is co-created by Sam Levinson, who was the showrunner for HBO/Max’s “Euphoria,” a similar-themed drama about group young adults as they navigate love and friendships saddled by drugs, sex, trauma and social media. That premiere generated 1.1 million viewers in 2019.

The first two episodes of “The Idol” were screened at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

Separately, Samba TV said 338,000 U.S. households watched the premiere, which was down from 524,000 U.S. households who watched the first episode of “Euphoria.” By comparison, 628,000 households watched the season two premiere of “The White Lotus.”

Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Los Angeles over-indexed the most (+86%), followed by New York (+55%) and Dallas (+40%). Despite its young cast and storyline, households ages 65-74 over-indexed by the highest margin (+28%), while Gen Z and millennial households under-indexed.

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HBO Drops New Trailer for ‘The Idol’ In Advance of Max Streaming Debut

HBO has unveiled the official trailer for the new original drama series “The Idol,” which debuts June 4 on HBO and will be available to stream on the recently rebranded Max on the same day.

The series, which premiered at the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, is co-created by Sam Levinson, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye and Reza Fahim, and stars The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp.
 
Depp portrays aspiring pop idol Jocelyn, whose last tour was derailed by a nervous breakdown. Determined to rebound, her passions are reignited by Tedros (The Weeknd), a nightclub impresario with a sordid past.

The cast also includes Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son and Hank Azaria. 

Science-Fiction Thriller ‘Voyagers’ Coming to Digital June 8, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 15

The science-fiction thriller Voyagers will arrive on digital and digital 4K Ultra HD June 8, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and VOD June 15 from Lionsgate.

Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist), the film stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan (X-Men franchise), Lily-Rose Depp (The King), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Game of Thrones”), Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Quintessa Swindell (“Trinkets”) and Madison Hu (“Bizaardvark”).

In the film, with the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.

Special features include: 

  • “Born for This: The Cast of Voyagers” featurette;
  • “Against Type: Unlearning Human Nature” featurette;
  • “Survival of the Fittest: The Physicality of Voyagers” featurette;
  • “On the Surface: The Visual Style of Voyagers” featurette; and
  • “Hidden Chambers: Tour the Humanitas” featurette.