‘True Detective’ Cops HBO’s Largest Premiere Audience Since 2010

Also Sunday, 'Girls' draws best-yet 1.1 million

HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010.

Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and “Girls” (870,000).

A replay a couple of hours later brought in another million viewers, according to Nielsen, bringing Sunday night’s tally for “True Detective” to 3.3 million.

“True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, tells the story of two Louisiana homicide detectives’ hunt for a serial killer. The first season of the anthology series consists of eight episodes.

Also Sunday for HBO, “Girls” delivered a series-best 1.1 million viewers for its third-season premiere — 28% above the debuts for the previous two seasons (870,000 for both its premiere year and 2012).

A second episode of “Girls” followed at 10:30 p.m., drawing about 881,000 viewers.

HBO has already announced that “Girls” will be back next year for a fourth season. Sunday’s third-season premiere of the Lena Dunham comedy premiered on the same night that the show and star were respectively up for Golden Globes for television comedy and actress in a comedy — categories they won last year but not this time around.

Starting next week, gay-themed comedy “Looking” will be paired with “Girls.”

More TV

  • La Catedral del Mar - Diagonal

    Netflix Agrees With Atresmedia Preferential Access to Spanish TV Dramas

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • Ron Satlof

    Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • Comic Con Hall H Panel Gender

    Comic-Con: Why Is Hall H Still Lacking in Female Panelists?

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • Who Is America Review

    Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' Enjoys Solid Debut Ratings

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • TV Ratings: 'Bachelorette' Ticks Up for

    TV Ratings: 'Bachelorette' Ticks Up for Another Monday Win

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • Isaac Lee Exits as Content Chief

    Isaac Lee Exits as Content Chief for Univision and Televisa, Sets Production Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

  • Mark Millar

    Netflix to Develop Series Based on Mark Millar's 'American Jesus,' 'Jupiter's Legacy'

    HBO’s “True Detective” opened Sunday night with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cabler’s most-watched debut since “Boardwalk Empire” drew 4.8 million in 2010. Among the shows that “True Detective” outperformed in its premiere are dramas “Game of Thrones” (2.22 million) and “The Newsroom” (2.14 million) and comedies “Veep” (1.38 million) and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content