With the critically acclaimed drama series “True Detective” premiering its second season Sunday night — while also helping to launch two new comedy series on HBO — the pay-cable network saw a surge in viewers.
Media Life reports that season two of “True Detective” — featuring a new lineup of stars and new story lines — is on track to be an even bigger hit than season one. Based on Nielsen overnights, the second-season debut at 9 p.m. averaged 3.2 million total viewers, a 40% jump from the show’s season-one premiere.
That made it the show’s second-most-watched episode of all time, behind the turnout of 3.5 million for the season-one finale.
“’Detective’ will see substantial growth when encores of the episode, DVR playback and online viewing are added. In season one, each episode of the show averaged 11 million viewers with all those factored in,” the report notes.
While the show’s first season got a bump from its star-studded cast — notably Matthew McConaughey, who was the talk of the Oscars at the time for “Dallas Buyers Club” — season two again features a high-octane lineup led by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn.
Leading out from Sunday’s “Detective” premiere, two new HBO comedies debuted to strong numbers: 2.2 million total viewers for “Ballers” and 1.6 million for “The Brink.”