Alexander Skarsgard steps out following Big Little Lies premiere

Alexander Skarsgard steps out in NYC following the Big Little Lies Season 2 premiere

  • SPOILERS : There will be SPOILERS if you aren’t caught up with Big Little Lies. 

Big Little Lies, the show that made him a household name, had its second season premiere last weekend.

And Alexander Skarsgard looked every inch the Hollywood star when the 42-year-old stepped out in New York City on Friday.

The True Blood star showed off his exemplary physique in a long sleeve black T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

A-list: Alexander Skarsgard looked every inch the Hollywood star when the 42-year-old stepped out in New York City on Friday

The Swedish star paired the black top with dark jeans and white Adidas sneakers.

He shielded his eyes with a pair of dark shades and wore a handsome five o’clock scruff on his chin.

The sighting comes just days after Big Little Lies enjoyed a successful second season premiere. 

Buff: The True Blood star showed off his exemplary physique in a long sleeve black T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up

After more than a two-year wait for the new season of Big Little Lies, fans came out in full force, posting huge ratings gains over the series premiere in 2017.

The show garnered its second largest audience to date, with 1.42 million viewers for its live on-air premiere, and 2.5 million viewers when counting replays and streaming services HBO Now and HBO Go, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The 2.5 million viewers represents a 34% increase over the series debut in February 2017, which garnered 1.8 million viewers with replays and streaming. 

Big ratings: After more than a two-year wait for the new season of Big Little Lies, fans came out in full force, posting huge ratings gains over the series premiere in 2017

Ratings gain: The show garnered its second largest audience to date, with 1.42 million viewers for its live on-air premiere, and 2.5 million viewers when counting replays and streaming services HBO Now and HBO Go, according to The Hollywood Reporter 

The show’s Season 1 finale, with 2.6 million viewers, including replays and streaming, still remains as the most-watched episode, with Sunday’s Season 2 premiere the second most-watched episode.

While HBO doesn’t reveal viewership data for their streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now, but the network did say the Season 2 premiere tripled on the streaming platforms compared to the series premiere.

The replays of the 9 PM ET premiere on Sunday plus streaming pushed the total views up 76%

Most-watched: The show’s Season 1 finale, with 2.6 million viewers, including replays and streaming, still remains as the most-watched episode, with Sunday’s Season 2 premiere the second most-watched episode

Viewership: While HBO doesn’t reveal viewership data for their streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now, but the network did say the Season 2 premiere tripled on the streaming platforms compared to the series premiere

Another HBO hit, Game of Thrones, only had a 50% bump with replays and streaming from the premiere, but their viewership is much higher.

The two-year gap between the first season and the second clearly didn’t hurt the ratings, especially considering how many caught the show on streaming.

The first season averaged 1.17 million viewers an episode in its initial airings on HBO, but it averaged 8.5 million viewers an episode through all platforms. 

Ratings bump: Another HBO hit, Game of Thrones, only had a 50% bump with replays and streaming from the premiere, but their viewership is much higher

Not counting the ratings juggernaut Game of Thrones, which averaged a whopping 44.2 million viewers (live, replays and streaming) in its final season, Big Little Lies’ on-air premiere audience of 1.42 million viewers was the highest since January’s debut of True Detective Season 3 (1.44 million viewers).

The show is set just months after the first season, which ended with the shocking death of Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard) after the abuse of his wife Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the reveal that he also raped Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley).

The main characters, now known as The Monterey Five (the five women who were there when Perry died) now must deal with Perry’s mother Mary Louise (Meryl Streep). 

Mother in law: The main characters, now known as The Monterey Five (the five women who were there when Perry died) now must deal with Perry’s mother Mary Louise (Meryl Streep)

Other new characters include Douglas Smith’s Corey Brockfield, a new co-worker of Jane, plus Crystal Fox’s Elizabeth Howard and Martin Donovan’s Martin Howard, Bonnie’s mother and father, Mo McRae’s Michael Perkins, Poorna Jagannathan’s Katie Richmond and Denis O’Hare as Ira Farber.

Also returning from the first season are the Monterey Five’s husbands, Adam Scott’s Ed Mackenzie, Jeffrey Nordling’s Gordon Klein and James Tupper’s Nathan Carlson.

Other returning characters include P.J. Byrne as Principal Warren Nippal, Kathryn Newton as Abigail Mackenzie, Ivy George as Amabella Klein, Santiago Cabrera as Joseph Bachman and Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti as Max & Josh Wright.

New characters: Other new characters include Douglas Smith’s Corey Brockfield, a new co-worker of Jane, plus Crystal Fox’s Elizabeth Howard and Martin Donovan’s Martin Howard, Bonnie’s mother and father, Mo McRae’s Michael Perkins, Poorna Jagannathan’s Katie Richmond and Denis O’Hare as Ira Farber

Celeste: The show is set just months after the first season, which ended with the shocking death of Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard) after the abuse of his wife Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the reveal that he also raped Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley)

 

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