STARZ'S HIT SERIES "POWER BOOK II: GHOST" DEBUTS WITH 5.8 MILLION MULTIPLATFORM VIEWERS, BECOMING THE NETWORK'S BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER
Santa Monica, Calif. - March 23, 2023 - STARZ's "Power Book II: Ghost" had an explosive debut, setting viewership records as the network's biggest premiere weekend ever in its first three days. Based on early reporting, the highly anticipated third season delivered 5.8 million multiplatform viewers1 following its premiere weekend, with several platforms yet to report. Season three of the hit series, which premiered on March 17, was also up approximately 30% from its season two debut in November 20211.
This season took off in dramatic form with brand new twists, turns, and murder as Tariq, Brayden, and the Tejada family are grieving the death of Zeke, but they won't get much time as a new set of problems and questions arise. This season is flashier, juicer, and sexier, with even more family drama, betrayals, and surprising new alliances. Monet finds herself at a crossroads with her family, Brayden is forced to choose between his birth family and chosen family, and Tariq is leveling up this season.
Season three of Ghost cast includes Michael Rainey Jr. as "Tariq St. Patrick," Mary J. Blige as "Monet Stewart Tejada," Cliff "Method Man" Smith as "Davis MacLean," Gianni Paolo as "Brayden Weston," Woody McClain as "Cane Tejada," Lovell Adams-Gray as "Dru Tejada," LaToya Tonodeo as "Diana Tejada," Berto Colon as "Lorenzo Tejada," Alix Lapri as "Effie Morales," Larenz Tate as "Rashad Tate," Shane Johnson as "Cooper Saxe," Paton Ashbrook as "Jenny Sullivan," Monique Curnen as "Detective Blanca Rodriguez," Keesha Sharp as "Professor Harper Bennet," David Walton as "Lucas Weston," Moriah Brown as "KeKe Travis," Luna Lauren Velez as "Evelyn Castillo," Caroline Chikezie as "Noma" and Lightskinkeisha as "Brushaundria Carmichael."
"Power Book II: Ghost" is the first series in the expanded "Power" Universe franchise. Brett Mahoney ("Empire," "The Following") serves as showrunner and executive producer for season three. The "Power" Universe series is executive produced by the creator and showrunner of the original "Power," Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson through G-Unit Film and Television, and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. Lionsgate Television produces the series for STARZ.
About "Power Book II: Ghost" - Season Three
The third season of "Power Book II: Ghost" kicks off with Tariq St. Patrick determined to get his trust, get back to his family, and get out of the game for good. The emergence of a ruthless new connect interrupts Tariq's plans to reunite with Tasha and Yaz and puts him, Brayden, and Effie back into business with the Tejadas as they're challenged to move more weight than ever before. When Brayden brings Tariq in as an intern at his family's hedge fund Weston Holdings, the drug business expands beyond Stansfield and the streets onto Wall Street, while Tariq is also shown an alternate, legitimate path to success. Monet Tejada, set ablaze by the death of her son Zeke Cross, is willing to pay a hefty price to avenge her firstborn and keep the rest of her children - and the business - in line as she works closely with Davis MacLean to solve Zeke's murder and keep the feds off her trail. Business is booming when a staggering reveal forces Tariq to reckon with a betrayal from those closest to him... and a R.I.C.O. investigation mounting into the entire drug enterprise, pulling Tariq deeper into the business and even closer to the legacy of his father.
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1 - Nielsen Live+ Same Day P2+ (000) 3 Day Tally; STARZ Content Insights internal data.