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‘True Detective’ Ratings Rise for Season 2 Premiere

HBO’s freshman offerings ”Ballers“ and ”The Brink“ also get strong starts

The case of whether HBO’s anthology series “True Detective” will sustain its audience has been solved.

Sunday night’s 9 p.m. Season 2 premiere of the series, which stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn during this go-round, racked up nearly 3.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen — a considerable boost over the 2.3 million who tuned in for the series premiere last January.

The “True Detective” series debut was HBO’s most-watched series premiere since “Boardwalk Empire’s” bow in 2010, which amassed 4.8 million total viewers.

Also on Sunday night, HBO premiered its new series “Ballers,” starring Dwayne Johnson, and “The Brink,” featuring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

The freshman offerings started out strong in the ratings, though failed to match the numbers of “True Detective,” with “Ballers” drawing nearly 2.2 million total viewers and “The Brink” pulling in almost 1.6 million.