After years of hype and multiple reports, Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure finally made its grand debut this past weekend.
According to Deadline, the series which is loosely based on Rae’s hit web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” drew in approximately 1.1 million viewers.
Insecure has tallied a total of 1.1 million viewers for its first episode. The series starring Issa Rae was available over the last 2 weeks on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand where it drew a combined audience of 601,000 viewers. The balance of viewers came from the two plays on Sunday night (585,000 viewers), HBO says.
Insecure even beat out the season 1 premiere of Girls, another decidedly “niche” show, which also saw a lot of viewers coming in from platforms like HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand.
The success of Insecure is only just the beginning for Issa Rae at HBO. Back in August, Rae inked a deal with the network, in an agreement aimed at bringing more diverse voices to HBO programming.
You can watch the premiere episode of Insecure, for free, below. Episode 2 airs next Sunday, October 16th.