The Night Of has been viewed more than 2.5 million times on demand in the UK.
The gripping HBO drama, starring Riz Ahmed premiered on Sky Atlantic on Thursday 1st September, when it was also released all-on-once on-demand. Viewers didn’t wait to demand more: in the three weeks since its release, the show has been watched more than 2.5 million times through Sky’s on demand platforms, including Sky Box Sets, the Sky Go app and, for non-Sky customers, contract-free streaming service NOW TV.
The eight-episode series is one of several new shows, including The Tunnel: Sabotage, Camping and Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters Series 2, that Sky has made available for its customers to view in full at the same time as a traditional linear broadcast. It follows the success of financial drama Billions, starring Damian Lewis, which launched on Sky Atlantic in May, and has since been viewed more than 12 million times on demand.
The Night Of, co-created and written by Steven Zallian and New York crime author Richard Price, is a remake of the BBC drama Criminal Justice and tells the story of Nasir Khan (Ahmed), a college student who lives with his parents in New York. One evening, Nasir takes his dad’s taxi without permission to drive to a party, and picks up a young woman, Andrea, who mistakes him for a real cabbie. After a drug-fuelled night together, Nasir wakes up to find her dead. In a panic, he flees, leading to his arrest and subsequent trial.
“A gripping, scathing takedown of US justice, fuelled by a star-making turn from Riz Ahmed,” we wrote in our box-set review.
Episode four will air on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9pm, with new episodes broadcast weekly. The entire box set is still available on-demand with Sky – or a NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass. It is one of more than 350 box sets available, including The Wire, Nashville and The Walking Dead. A NOW TV Entertainment Pass costs £6.99 a month, with on-demand access to all of them, as well as live-
streaming of Sky’s main channels. A 14-month free trial is available, or, if you sign up for both an Entertainment Pass and Sky Cinema Pass together before 26th September, your first month costs just £1.