Two new shows premiere tonight. The Leftovers, a drama about life after two percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears, debuts on HBO. It’s a prestige series from Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta, who wrote the book on which it’s based. In its favor: a fresh premise and a lead-in from the still strong True Blood, which premiered to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating last week. Working against it: the generally positive reviews for the show describe it as bleak, which is usually not a characteristic of hit programs. The premiere of Silicon Valley HBO’s other Sunday at 10PM freshman, garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.
On the opposite end of the TV drama spectrum, Reckless premieres on CBS. It’s a show about sexy lawyers that isn’t pretending to be more than the television equivalent of a beach book. Big Brother, which earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating for each of its episodes this week, seems like a compatible lead-in and Rising Star proved to be a less than formidable competitor last week. However, CBS has put more effort into promoting its other summer dramas Under the Dome and Extant. CBS’s in season Sunday legal series, The Good Wife, has critical acclaim and a passionate fanbase, but low ratings, with its May finale earning a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.
So how do you think each show will fare tonight?