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

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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