HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Premiere Draws 1.8 Million Viewers

Damon Lindelof drama follows a Rapture-like event

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 4:23 PM

“The Leftovers” were a little lukewarm for HBO on Sunday.

The series premiere for the Damon Lindelof drama, which follows the fallout from a Rapture-like event, had 1.8 million total viewers with its 10 p.m. premiere.

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The numbers, while solid, fell short of the 2.3 million total viewers that the “True Detective” series premiere drew earlier this year — though, in fairness, the “True Detective” debut was the highest-rated premiere for HBO since the 2010 launch of “Boardwalk Empire.”

Over two viewings, “The Leftovers” premiere had 2.1 million total viewers.

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The “Leftovers” premiere was preceded by the second episode of the season for “True Blood,” which drew 3.1 million total viewers with its initial 9 p.m. airing and 3.5 million overall for the night.