July 22, 2014 11:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Leftovers' Audience Climbing to 8 Million Viewers
Good news for The Leftovers: Four weeks into its first season, the HBO drama is finding a stable audience — and quite a bit of growth across platforms.
Sunday's outing for the drama fetched 1.6 million viewers, its most-watched original telecast since the June 29 premiere. Though that number is certainly modest compared to many HBO dramas, including lead-in True Blood, it's not even a quarter of how many viewers The Leftovers is finding over the course of a week.
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The first two episodes of The Leftovers are currently averaging more than 8 million viewers across all telecasts, HBO Go plays and video-on-demand. That's not far off from the gross viewership the most recent drama launch, True Detective, was averaging at the end of its run (11 million viewers).
True Blood remains a bit bigger — especially where live-plus-same-day is concerned. The halfway point in the vampire drama's final season averaged 3.6 million viewers during its first-run telecast this past week. Across all platforms, it's earning 10 million viewers every week.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is also proving to be just as solid without a comedy lead-in. The talk show pulled nearly 1 million viewers during its Sunday premiere, averaging 4 million viewers across plays during its freshman season.