Even Capt. Flint would be pleased with this news. The pirate drama's booty included:
- More than 2.6 million viewers watched the series premiere Live+Same Day (Live+SD) during its opening weekend on the network's linear channels.
- "Black Sails" surpassed the premiere weekend of "The White Queen," which had approximately 2.6 million viewers and had been the highest new series/miniseries premiere to date.
- Nearly 1.7 million Live+SD total viewers watched the combined Saturday telecasts.
- Nearly 850,000 Live+SD viewers watched the 8 p.m. Saturday series premiere.
- Early reporting of on-demand, online platforms and affiliate linear airings yielded an additional 900,000 viewers.
"Black Sails" mixes real pirates from history with the characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." Set 20 years before the book, it follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew as they battle other pirates and the British Navy as they hunt for a big pay day in Spanish treasure.
The eight-episode first season airs new episodes at 8 p.m. Saturdays on Starz. Production began on the 10-episode second season at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, in November.
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