Yes, Yellowstone season 3 will air on CBS but not in December

Photo Credit: Emerson Miller for Paramount Network
Photo Credit: Emerson Miller for Paramount Network /

Yellowstone continues to be a success on CBS, and we’re really not surprised! According to the network, the Western series has garnered “nearly 33 million” viewers since the show started airing on television Sept. 17, 2023. With the second season coming to an end on Dec. 3, we’re already wondering if Yellowstone season 3 is coming.

The answer is, yes! Though, the third season of the hit series won’t be returning in December. We’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. But don’t worry. It’s not too long! Yellowstone season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024 with the first three episodes on CBS. Be sure to keep your schedule clear that evening, as you’ll need to tune in from 8 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET that night!

Per the logline, we can expect “new threats. New faces. New season. The Duttons are coming back to protect their home.” Ooh, sounds so intriguing! Check out the trailer for season 3 below as well:

So what’s the schedule like for the rest of the season? How many episodes are there in the third installment of the series? Read on below for the details!

Yellowstone season 3 episode release schedule on CBS

As mentioned above, you can expect the first three episodes of Yellowstone season 3 to debut Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. Then the following week, it will be another trio of installments, followed by two episodes until the finale at the end of the month. The final two episodes of the 10-episode season won’t air on a Sunday night though. The third season comes to a conclusion on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. We shared a breakdown of the episode release schedule for you to follow along below:

Sunday, Jan. 14

  • Episode 1, “You’re the Indian Now” at 8 p.m. ET
  • Episode 2, “Freight Trains and Monsters” at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 3, An Acceptable Surrender” at 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • Episode 4, “Going Back to Cali” at 8 p.m. ET
  • Episode 5, “Cowboys and Dreamers” at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 6, “All for Nothing” at 10 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 28

  • Episode 7, “The Beating” at 8 p.m. ET
  • Episode 8, “I Killed a Man Today” at 9 p.m. ET

Monday, Jan. 29

  • Episode 9, “Meaner Than Evil” at 9 p.m. ET
  • Episode 10, “The World Is Purple” at 10 p.m. ET
“Behind Us Only Grey” – John and Rip seek revenge. Monica ponders the consequences of her living situation. Jimmy clears old debts, on YELLOWSTONE, Sunday, Nov. 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET / 9:30-10:30 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Yellowstone Photo Credit: Emerson Miller for Paramount Network Pictured (L-R): Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton and Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton
Photo Credit: Emerson Miller for Paramount Network /

Yellowstone season 2 episode 10 (finale) recap

In the Yellowstone season 2 finale, things come to a head between the Dutton’s and Becks’ as the latter family kidnaps Tate Dutton, aka John’s grandson and Kayce and Monica’s son. When Kayce gets to the Becks’ home, he finds Teal, shoots him, and asks where Tate is. It turns out Malcom used the Montana Free Militia for the kidnapping. That night, the Dutton men, with some help, go to the camp and open fire on the militia. Unfortunately, Tate isn’t there either. He’s been taken to Whitefish. Thankfully, they find Tate and rescue him from the white supremacists! The episode comes to a close with us finding out that the Dutton family is apparently going to lose the ranch. Beth is one family member who isn’t too sad about this potentially happening. As she walks back into the house, she sees her father crying on the porch.

3 questions we have going into season 3

Every season of Yellowstone takes us on a wild ride, but the second installment of the Western certainly had many twists and turns we weren’t expecting. And I’m sure Yellowstone season 3 is going to be the same, if not more! After that action-packed and dramatic finale, we have some questions going into season 3:

  • Is the feud between the Dutton’s and Becks’ really over?
  • What kind of trauma is Tate going to suffer after his kidnapping?
  • Is the Dutton family really going to lose the Yellowstone ranch?

This series can certainly be intense at times, but I think it’s still worth watching for those of you who aren’t the faint of heart. Compared to the other shows out there, it provides a unique story in a different world. There’s something about Yellowstone‘s Western-centric story and all the added drama that comes with it that makes it such an enjoyable watch. Sometimes it feels like stories on television have gotten repetitive, but Yellowstone is definitely unique! And that’s why I think the series is doing so well not only on the Paramount Network, but on its broadcast on CBS as well.

Yellowstone season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024 on CBS.

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