HBO announced Wednesday that it has exended a renewal to a drama series. The New York Times reports that the pay-cable channel will bring back “The Leftovers” for a second season.
“The well-reviewed drama, about the impact of the mysterious disappearance of 140 million people in a spontaneous act suspected to be the Rapture, has divided viewers on social media. Some have been deeply moved by the highly emotional stories of how a New York suburban town was affected by the unexplained loss of so many loved ones, and others have reported that the series is difficult and often depressing to watch,” the story reports.
Ratings have been “more than satisfactory for HBO,” the report notes, although they haven’t approached the rarefied air of the channel’s hit “Game of Thrones.” The piece notes that the show airs on Sundays, a night “stocked this summer with prestige dramas, including ‘Masters of Sex’ on Showtime, ‘The Strain’ on FX, and ‘Manhattan’ on WGN America.”
HBO has reported that “The Leftovers” averaged about 7.4 million total viewers, including multiple airings and on-demand. It gets about 1.6 million an episode for its initial airings on Sundays at 10 p.m.
“The numbers put the show above such HBO dramas as ‘The Newsroom’ and about on par with ‘Boardwalk Empire,'” the report notes.