Outlander Season 1, Episode 8 ratings look back: The midseason finale

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Outlander Season 1 took a break partway through the season. Episode 8 left us with a major cliffhanger. How would the ratings look?

Coming off the back of the wedding, was there a chance that Outlander Season 1 could see a tick up in the views? Wasn’t that the episode everyone looked forward to? It may surprise you to learn that the live ratings ticked up for Episode 8, the midseason finale for Season 1.

According to TV Series Finale, the ratings jumped up at 18% in the demo to a 0.38 rating. The total audience also ticked up at 14% to 1.417 million viewers. We can hazard a guess to say the ratings ticked up on the STARZ app, too. It was clear that fans wanted more of Claire and Jamie’s story now that they were married.

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What would life be like for them? Sadly, the two wouldn’t get much time to spend together. The nature of a short season-order TV show is that the storylines move fast. There isn’t much downtime for a couple, especially a couple like Claire and Jamie.

Was it really all that surprising to find out the show opted to leave Claire’s attempt to get through the stones for the midseason finale? Were we surprised to see that the major cliffhanger would be Jamie crouched in the window to Black Jack Randall’s room holding a pistol as Randall tried to rape Claire?

One of the strongest parts of this episode for me was seeing Frank’s side of the story. We finally got a chance to see what he was doing in 1945—the length he went to find his wife. The book never got a chance to delve into this because the story was told from Claire’s first-person POV, so I’m glad the show had this chance. I also loved the moment Claire and Frank were either side of the stones calling out to each other.

The show would go on a seven-month Droughtlander after this episode. The true test would be seeing how many people tuned back in for Outlander Season 1, Episode 9. I’ll break that down soon!

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What did you think of Season 1, Episode 8? Did you watch live to see what was next for Claire and Jamie? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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