- Yellowstone set viewership records with season 4.
- Despite the records, Yellowstone has still not been officially picked up for season 5.
- Creator Taylor Sheridan and EP David Glasser have shared somewhat conflicting updates on the future of the series.
Yellowstone ended season 4 as the most-watched drama on cable television. Taylor Sheridan’s western also just landed its first major nomination. But despite from Yellowstone success, the future of the series remains very uncertain. Sheridan hinted that the end of the Duttons is near. While executive producer David Glasser says “there are still a lot of stories to tell”.
‘Yellowstone’ Sets Viewership Records in Season 4
Season 4 has been the breakout season for Yellowstone, as it was the number one series on broadcast, cable and premium channels for 18-49 and 25-54 year olds. On average, 1.9 million adults aged 18-49 tuned in to all 10 episodes, along with 2.6 million in the 25-54 demo.
When the season finale aired in early January — simulcast on Paramount Network and CMT — the episode drew 10.3 million viewers. That’s a staggering 81% increase in total viewership over the Season 3 finale.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the Yellowstone viewership continues to grow even as we come to the end of our 4th season. This expansion is a true testament to the original voices and universe that Taylor has created,” David C. Glasser, executive producer and CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement.
The cast landed a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble
Just days after millions watched the Season 4 finale, Yellowstone received its first-ever nomination for a major award. The cast – which includes Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley and Cole Hauser – received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
“There is no greater compliment for an actor than to be recognized by their peers. Congratulations to our incredibly talented cast on this wonderful and well-deserved nomination,” Sheridan said in a statement.
‘Yellowstone’ Creator Hints Dutton’s End Is Nigh
With Yellowstone seemingly hitting its stride – more the fact than the prequel, 1883, is one of the top performers for Paramount+ — you’d think Sheridan would keep the show going for as long as possible. But, the Oscar nominee says he already has the end in mind.
He said The New York Times that he “writes for this purpose”, implying that the end of the Duttons is near.
“There’s not much to do before the story starts to lose its locomotion; you can’t put it in neutral just because it’s successful,” Sheridan explained. “It will take as many years as it takes me to tell the story, but you’re not going to see nine seasons of it. Certainly not.”
Executive producer David Glasser says ‘there are still a lot of stories to tell’
Sheridan could be ready to wrap things up in the next two seasons. But Glasser said Variety this Yellowstone is currently at its peak. And he believes there’s a lot more to the Duttons’ story.
“I think the show is still maturing and there are still a lot of stories to tell. I know with Taylor he has a lot to say and a lot to write,” Glasser said. “He is immersed in season 5 of Yellowstone now. He’s got some amazing ideas that he’s shared and I think the audience is going to be really excited.
Season 5 of ‘Yellowstone’ is set to premiere this fall
It’s unclear how many more seasons Yellowstone fans will get. But Glasser says he expects filming for Season 5 to begin in May. And, he thinks the new season will air “in the fall.”
According to the Montana newspaper, the Ravalli Republic“Current plans are for pre-production work to begin mid-March to late March, with filming to begin May 15 and continue through mid-August.”
Seasons 1–3 of Yellowstone are available on Peacock. Season 4 is expected to hit the streamer this spring.
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