'Westworld' spoilers, news: series' ratings soar in its third week

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HBO’s latest hit, “Westworld” continues to dominate ratings with just three episodes in for the series.

The latest episode titled “The Stray” garnered 2.1 million viewers in total during its 9 p.m. airing last Sunday which is a massive 7 percent increase from their already impressive debut installment. In an article by Deadline, the media outlet notes that to put the feat into perspective, the cable network’s other recent drama, “Vinyl” also had a decent amount of people tuning in for the series’ debut. But by the third episode, the ratings declined by a whopping 30 percent which makes “Westworld’s” growth in viewership an accolade to boast about.

Its multi-platform performance is also not too shabby with episode 3 on par with its debut (3.3 million) with 3.2 million total viewers for HBO broadcasts and streams on HBO Go and HBO Now.

The success that “Westworld” has amassed does not seem to be a fluke either as the media outlet shares that the linear increase in ratings is tracking ahead the debuts of other HBO signature hits “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.”

Arguably, part of the fascination for “Westworld” is that it provides limitless ways on how the narrative might pan out. And just like the previously referenced “Game of Thrones,” fans are already caught up with so much fan theories that have already become a part of the show. One of the most prominent ones suggests that William (Jimmi Simpson) and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is only one person. And while the latest episode made it a little bit of a stretch given timeline constrictions, Simpson actually admitted that he has heard of the theory.

“I love that one. I think that’s so flattering,” he spilled in a recent conversation with The Wall Street Journal. “It’s not every day you get compared to Ed Harris.”

In the next episode, fans can expect more from William and Logan (Ben Barnes) as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) joins them on a bounty hunt in the badlands. The installment called “Dissonance Theory” also has the Man in Black with Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) in tow when he finds an important clue in decoding the maze. Elsewhere, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) talk about the future of the park.

“Westworld” airs every Sunday, 9 p.m. ET on HBO.