HBO has made a quick decision to bring back two comedy series, The New York Times’ Bill Carter reports. The decision comes after "Girls" and "Veep" have aired only three and two episodes, respectively.
"Neither comedy has piled up big audiences in its first presentations on Sunday nights, which has led some competitors to question how popular the comedies are," Carter writes. "But for HBO what matters (besides the media chatter) is how many viewers accumulate over many plays on various HBO channels and on-demand orders."
Both shows have averaged about 3.7 million total viewers for their first episodes, compared with HBO’s popular drama "Game of Thrones," which is averaging about 11 million viewers.
"Girls" has been widely praised for its depiction of single women in New York City, but has also caused backlash and criticism that the cast lacks racial diversity, the story notes.
"Seinfeld" alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus has received critical raves for her portrayal of the first female U.S. vice president in "Veep."