HBO’s ‘Looking’ Off to Slow Start; ‘True Detective’ Down Vs. Football

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HBO’s new half-hour “Looking” is still seeking some viewers after getting off to a slow start Sunday with just 338,000 viewers for its premiere.

Adding encores later Sunday night, “Looking” drew 606,000 viewers, according to Nielsen.

The show about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco dropped off sharply from its “Girls” lead-in, as the Lena Dunham half-hour drew 799,000 viewers for its initial telecast Sunday — down from its series high of about 1.1 million the previous week.

In its second week, drama “True Detective” averaged about 1.67 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, down from the 2.33 million of its premiere. At least some of Sunday’s decline can be attributed to its facing football’s NFC Championship Game on Fox, which drew more than 57 million viewers.

According to HBO, “True Detective” cumed a premiere week audience of 6.3 million so far when including DVR playback and viewing on other platforms.

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  1. chino says:

    Ugh…Looking is horrible. The first scene alone is so poorly pieced together that I couldn’t stop laughing. Full of so many sad cliches it is disgusting. I mean really? In today’s world, how many gay men have to resort to hookups in public parks anymore (grindr, manhunt, adam4adam)? And when was the last time anyone who smokes marijuana refer to it as “taking weed”. As a gay man, I was hoping for a show that actually presented a view of gay life that most people don’t understand or see, and instead we just get another show about the slutty gay men everyone already knows.

  2. Peggy Allen says:

    True Detective is overrated. Absolutely nothing happened on this weeks episode. And Looking is boring.

    • David K says:

      Looking is awesome

      • True Detective is epically bad. The storyline is muddled and the charcters are just plain weird.. If we’re to believe that the events they have been investigating have turned them into some kind of sub-species, then that goes against the very definition of a Detective. Detectives are supposed to be resilient, hardboiled and unfazed by what they uncover no matter how grisly. The two main characters are the complete antithesis and unwatchable to boot.

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