Ratings: True Detective Returns Strong

True Detective Ratings

True Detective copped a nice ratings gain in its return Sunday night.

The show’s Season 2 premiere drew 3.2 million viewers, a 36 percent increase over Season 1’s opener (2.3 million). It was the drama’s second most-watched episode to date, behind the Season 1 finale’s 3.5 million viewers.

At 10/9c, Dwayne Johnson’s sports satire Ballers got off to a strong start with 2.2 million viewers — the cabler’s best half-hour launch in six years. The premiere of the Tim Robbins-Jack Black war comedy The Brink followed at 10:30/9:30c with a decent 1.6 million viewers.