March 09, 2014 10:27pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
HBO Go Crashes During 'True Detective' Finale
Some True Detective fans who hopped online Sunday night to watch the finale were likely disappointed.
Enough people logged on to HBO Go to watch the season ender that the streaming service crashed, according to its Twitter account.
"Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon," read a tweet sent out Sunday night.
Some viewers who logged on to the service -- you have to be an HBO subscriber to access it -- saw a "fatal error" message indicating that the service wouldn't load.
Added HBO in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday morning: "Due to overwhelming interest in the season finale of True Detective, HBO Go was hit with an excessive amount of traffic soon after 9 p.m. ET last night. The issue has since been rectified and the service is now back to normal."
It's understood that a majority of users were affected.
The anthology crime drama series wrapped its first, eight-episode season Sunday night. Newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as two homicide detectives tracking a serial killer.
The show has proven a hit with viewers and critics. The inaugural telecast drew 2.3 million viewers, giving HBO its biggest premiere since Boardwalk Empire (4.8 million) in 2010.
McConaughey has said that he won't be back for a second season should HBO renew the series. It's expected that a second season would feature a new cast and story line, similar to the structure of FX's American Horror Story.
Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.— HBO GO (@HBOGO) March 10, 2014