Even before it premiered on television, U.S. drama “Mr. Robot” has been granted a second season, owing to its intriguing premise and the audience clamor that accompanied it.
The show’s Wednesday night premiere opened to a decent amount of viewership. Nielsen estimates an average of 0.46 in adults aged 18 to 49 with 1.752 million viewers overall, as written by Variety. Viewers are 62% male among the same age group.
“Mr. Robot” was released online earlier than anticipated to combat threats of hacking that has plagued TV shows for the past few months.
The "Mr. Robot" pilot was released early because someone joked it might get out early due to a hack #TVSummit
— Whitney Friedlander (@loislane79) June 9, 2015
The show has been praised by how it portrays hackers, as opposed to the typical Hollywood interpretations. Writing for Slate, David Auerbach praises its main character, Elliot, by saying, “Taking copious drugs in order to function, he carries a vacant and flattened affect, neither making eye contact with anyone nor turning away when they look at him. With his emaciated face and sunken eyes, Malek gives an impression of emptiness, paranoia, and above all disconnection.”
On the other hand, Annalee Newitz, writing for Gizmodo, said, “its refreshing to have an anti-social hacker hero who isn’t a virginal nerd stereotype — we see Elliot getting some during a drug-fueled hookup, which only makes him more lonely for real friendship.”