'The Leftovers' premiere gets fair sampling: Will viewers return for seconds?

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HBO’s new drama series The Leftovers got off to a fair start Sunday night, though reception was more rapturous for its True Blood lead-in.

The post-apocalyptic-ish suburban malaise series from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof delivered 1.8 million viewers for its first episode at 10 p.m. Along with its repeat, Leftovers racked up 2.1 million for the night. In the drama based on Tom Perrotta’s novel, a New York town struggles to cope in the aftermath of 2 percent of the world’s population vanishing. Check out Jeff Lebrecque’s Leftovers premiere recap¬†and EW’s breakdown of how the show differs from the book.

By comparison, the second episode of the final season of HBO’s True Blood had 3.1 million viewers for its first episode at 9 p.m.; 3.5 million for the night.

Also Sunday night in the ratings: CBS‘ Big Brother (5.8 million, 1.8 rating) dipped for the premiere of its Sunday edition, down 22 percent from the Thursday edition, yet still led the night. The premiere of CBS’ new series Reckless (4.1 million, 0.7 rating) got off to a very weak start. The second week of ABC’s Rising Star (4.7 million, 1.2 rating) fell 20 percent from its soft debut.


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