Paramount+ Was Very Happy with Halo’s TV Debut
Paramount+ is off to a great start with Master Chief’s live action introduction. According to the streaming service, Halo has become Paramount’s largest program debut in its subscription library. It dethrones Yellowstone’s prequel 1883.
Deadline reports that Halo’s success pushed it to the top spot of Paramount’s streaming services in less than 24 hours. Although there is no exact number for “most-watched Paramount+”, it’s not hard to compete with a Yellowstone prequel. 1883 on cable was the largest original series premiere for just a little over five years. This is not a one-toone comparison, but it’s clear that live-action Chief did not crash and burn.
It’s difficult to see what success looks like for Halo’s TV show and its billion-dollar producers, but it’s an encouraging picture. According to Variety Tanya Giles, Paramount+’s chief programming officer, drew comparisons with other TV heavy-hitters. She noted that the company hopes the series will be able to compete with Star Trek and 1883. I believe they meant it. Halo has a $10 million budget per episode, just like 1883.
I’m not sure what to think of Halo jumping to TV. While I don’t object to live-action games, I have to admit that they are not always done well. Halo has some moments that I struggle through. It was a great experience to see Cortana in the trailer. It’s probably because her expressions are just as scared to look at me.
However, John-117 deserves kudos because I didn’t know Paramount had a streaming service until late last year. It’s unclear if this says more about me, Paramount or my tv-watching habits. Or if it just means that I have a million subscriptions and am constantly cancelling shows. They have nine more episodes left, and they are already working on a second season.