9:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Leftovers' Makes Solid Exit, 'Boardwalk Empire' Returns Steady
Sunday was not a quiet night for TV. As the broadcast networks kicked off the fall season with the return of Sunday Night Football and the launch of Fox's Utopia, HBO signed off on the first season of summer drama The Leftovers.
The series, already renewed for a sophomore run, averaged 1.5 million viewers during its first telecast at 10 p.m. ET — in line with its freshman performance. Combined with an encore, it took 1.7 million viewers for the night. It's a solid finish for the steady performer, which has thus far averaged 7.3 million gross viewers across platforms.
It was also the series' first night without a lead-in from True Blood. With the drama signing off for good two weeks ago, Sunday marked the premiere of the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire. Bucking the trend of the last two seasons, the series again returned dead even with last year's debut, averaging 2.4 million viewers at 9 p.m.
With two replays, Boardwalk Empire fetched 2.9 million viewers for the night.