Cable Ratings: True Detective Opens Well, Girls Hits High, Shameless Slips, Helix Starts Soft
HBO’s True Detective premiered to 2.33 million total viewers, the pay cabler’s largest launch audience sinceBoardwalk Empire circa 2010.
Girls‘ season-opening episode led out of that with a series high of 1.1 mil, up 28 percent from its sophomore opener, while Episode 2 slipped to 880K.
Showtime’s Shameless returned to 1.7 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, TVByTheNumbers reports, down 15 percent and two tenths from its previous premiere. House of Lies (842K/0.4) in turn was down 30 percent and two tenths from its Season 2 opener. (Episodes, which last premiered to 500,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating, did not rank on TVBTN’s grid, which cuts off at 0.3.)
Rewinding to Friday, Syfy’s Helix drew 1.8 million total viewers, with 734K landing in the 18-49 demo. That’s down sharply from the channel’s most recent series launch, Defiance, which did 2.7 mil/1.3 mil (on a Monday).