True Detective Triggers Top Ratings for US Debut

True Detective, which premieres tonight (SoHo, 8.30), had the highest-rating HBO debut since Boardwalk Empire in 2010.

It went to air against the most-watched The Golden Globes ceremony in 10 years and drew 2.3 million viewers.

That was well shy of Boardwalk Empire’s inaugural telecast (4.8 million) but ahead of Game of Thrones’ (2.2 million) and The Newsroom’s (2.1 million).

Thrones returns for its fourth season on April 6 — the Blu-ray of season three comes out on February 19 – while The Newsroom’s third and final season is slated for September/October (which is when the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire will screen).

Returning in mid-April for the first half of its final season is Mad Men, which is when its cable network will launch its new Revolutionary War spy thriller, Turn (the ABC’s own period spy drama, The Assets, was pulled last week after only two episodes).

AMC also has in the pipeline a drama series about the rise of the personal computer, Halt and Catch Fire, and the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, which will debut in November.

And in the wake of Agents of SHIELD, Fox has ordered Gotham, a series about the city’s villains and its police commissioner James Gordon.

Meanwhile, there was more good news for HBO this weekend, with Girls’ season-three premiere reaching a series high of 1.1 million viewers, which was up 28% on the second season’s.

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2 Responses to “True Detective Triggers Top Ratings for US Debut”

  1. Saw the first ep of True Detective. It was ok but not compelling viewing.

  2. Great opening credits and song.

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