By James Hibberd
January 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM EST

Black Sails plundered 2.6 million viewers its opening weekend.

The pirate drama starring Toby Stephens ties Starz’ premiere weekend last fall for The White Queen as the network’s biggest launch ever (actually, the Black Sails number edges out The White Queen if you go down far enough after the decimal point). Early reporting of on-demand, online platforms and other sources added some more viewership to Starz’ tally and bring the total return to 3.5 million viewers.

Overall it’s a pretty impressive take for a drama opening in the most perilous of scheduling waters — the dreaded Saturday night. For more, check out Jeff Jensen’s review, and here’s Darren Franich’s recap.