There seems to be some disagreement in the trade press as to how well Sunday’s debut of HBO’s "The Pacific" did in the ratings.
B&C titles its story "‘Pacific’ Draws Healthy Viewership For Opener."
TVByTheNumbers titles its account "Kamikaze! HBO’s Big Budget ‘The Pacific’ Premiere Ratings Disappoint."
From the B&C story: "Combined with the 11 p.m. rerun, the opening episode of The Pacific attracted 4 million viewers and outperformed the 9 p.m. time period by 69%."
From the TVByTheNumbers story: "Sunday night’s premiere of HBO’s The Pacific was watched by 3.1 million viewers another 900,000 or so caught the encore telecast bringing the cumulative total for the night to 4 million. I warned you last week not to expect numbers anywhere near the level of the premiere of Band of Brothers in 2001, which opened to 10 million. Changing TV viewing landscapes including more DVR, more On Demand and more choice in general – I would’ve been shocked if it got anywhere near Band of Brother.
"On the other hand, I expected it to do as well as, say, the average telecast of "True Blood" in season two. It didn’t."