Outlander Season 1, Episode 7 ratings look back: The boost of the wedding

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

On this day in history, The Wedding aired for the first time. Here’s a look back at the boost Outlander Season 1, Episode 7 saw in the ratings.

On Sept. 20, 2014, Outlander Season 1, Episode 7 aired for the very first time. It would be the episode we all waited for. Claire and Jamie’s wedding.

Fans certainly tuned in live to see the wedding finally happen—and the episode, itself, didn’t disappoint. Beautifully written and directed, it stands as one of the strongest episodes of the series ever. There was nothing bad that happened. It was all about two soulmates coming together.

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So, how exactly did the episode do in terms of the ratings? Episode 7 saw a 39% boost in the key demo, according to TV Series Finale. Of course, that’s not the ratings figure that STARZ would really be concerned about since there isn’t the reliance on commercials. However, it does show the popularity of the episode.

The total audience figures jumped up by a healthy 15%. That meant three weeks in a row, the total audience figures increased up to this point. It would follow suit the next episode. In the end, “The Wedding” saw 1.233 million people tuning in live (according to the Nielsen ratings, which doesn’t include the viewers through the STARZ app or delayed viewing).

Is it really all that surprising? This was the episode so many had waited for. Fans needed to see if the wedding would be as romantic, special, and also as funny as it’s written in the book. And there’s no denying that it was. It remains a firm favorite episode.

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What did you think of “The Wedding” when it first aired? Were you one of the 1.233 million people tuning in live on STARZ? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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