The second-season finale of “Boardwalk Empire” drew 3 million viewers Sunday night, on par with the first-season closer.
HBO skein also drew 834,000 for a repeat showing later in the evening to bring the total to 3.8 million. Pay cabler has renewed the Atlantic City-set Prohibition drama for a third season, and the Terence Winter-created skein looks to be a longtime player for HBO.
At 10 p.m., immediately following “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO offered a sneak preview of the David Milch-written horseracing drama “Luck.” Set at Santa Anita Park and starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina and John Ortiz, among others, the pilot garnered 1.1 million viewers. The regular season begins Jan. 29.
The 1.1 million number was below the 3 million who tuned in to see the season finale of Milch’s last show for HBO, “John From Cincinnati,” but that series had the benefit of debuting after the series-ending episode of “The Sopranos” in 2007.
Sunday was a busy night for other cablers as well. A&E offered two hours of the Stephen King miniseries “Bag of Bones,” which brought in 3.3 million viewers.
Showtime ran the penultimate episodes of the season for both “Dexter” (1.9 million) and “Homeland” (1.3 million).