The Cast of “P-Valley” Season 2. Photo courtesy of Starz
June 9 (UPI) — Starz announced Thursday that his critically acclaimed strip club drama P Valleyset a record for the streamer’s biggest season-over-season growth on its debut in season two.
The second season’s debut on Friday attracted 4.5 million multiplatform viewers in the United States alone, which the broadcaster said was a 1,018% increase from the debut of the first series.
The network noted that the viewership count was based on early reports with multiple platforms and additional territories worldwide that have not yet been reported.
P Valley also had the highest number of acquisitions in three years, “making it one of the best-performing series of all time”.
In season two, the strip club in Chucalissa, Miss., The Pynk struggles to stay open amid the COVID-19 pandemic and struggles for leadership, and viewers get a deeper look into the lives of the characters.
The second season of executive producer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall’s series that fans have been waiting for since its debut in 2020 was also ranked as the Most Socially Engaging Primetime Drama this past weekend, Starz noted.
“Katori and the entire P Valley team did a great job bringing audiences a second season that delivered record-breaking viewership and subscription growth, and continued to drive cultural conversation and critical acclaim through her incredible storytelling,” said Alison Hoffman. President, Domestic Networks at Starz, in a statement. “The series exemplifies our commitment to amplifying narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences, and we are so proud of its continued success.”
The series is based on the play pussy valley from hall (The mountain top, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), who serves as showrunner and co-executive producer along with Dante Di Loreto.
“Our Pynk Posse showed up and showed up!” Hall said in reference to the record viewership. “The incredible response to Season 2 feels like a gift after the challenging hiatus of the past few years, but we’re back and just getting started.”
Among the stars in the returning cast are Nicco Annan (This is us) as Uncle Clifford, Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Autumn Night, Brandee Evans (The Bobby Brown Story) as Mercedes, Shannon Thornton (perfomance) as Miss Mississippi and Morocco Omari (Rich) as Big L
Some new cast members include John Clarence Stewart (Zoey’s extraordinary playlist) as Big Teak, newcomer Miracle Watts as Big Bone, Shamika Cotton (The cable) as Farrah, Gail Bean (snowfall) as Roulette and Psalms Salazar (Girl Lost: A Hollywood Thriller) as a whisper.