HBO’s ‘Girls’ Hits Season-Premiere Low, ‘Togetherness’ Debuts Soft & ‘Looking’ Falls In Return

With 2.3 million viewers and the best HBO series debut since Boardwalk Empire, last year’s True Detective lead-in helped give Girls a series high of 1.1 million. 

Written by Dunham and fellow EP Judd Apatow, the total viewership for Sunday’s debut was more in line with the Season 3 finale of March 23 last year. That airing had 670,000 total viewers. In fact, the Season 4 opener did 1% better than the Season 3 closer.

Following Girls was the series debut of Togetherness at 10 PM. The eight-episode series from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass about a couple of LA couples living in the same house had a very soft 427,000 viewers. Without a Game Of Thrones lead-in like Silicon Valley had for its series debut on April 6 last year, it is probably best to compare Togetherness’ premiere to the 872,000 beginning of Girls on April 15, 2o12, after Eastbound & Down, or the November 13, 2013 start of Getting On, which had 520,000 viewers after the fourth-season finale of Boardwalk Empire on a very competitive night. In either comparison, the new show does not have much standing.

Ending the night of premieres for HBO, the Season 2 launch of dramedy Looking drew 183,000 viewers. That’s down 45% from its January 19, 2014 debut. Following a non-premiere episode of Girls, that 10:30 show had a then-slight 338,000 total viewers. The March 9 Season 1 finale of Looking pulled about 420,000 viewers, down from the 519,000 season high of February 23, which had a particularly strong True Detective as a lead-in for that night.

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