HBO’s “True Detective” made its long-awaited return Sunday night  – to significantly smaller numbers than its previous two seasons.

The crime series kicked off its third season with back-to-back episodes, the first of which scored a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.44 million viewers, while the second posted a 0.3 with 1.19 million viewers. That is down considerably from the 1.4 and 3.17 million viewers the show’s second season premiere scored in June 2015, and from how its first season premiere (1.0, 2.33 million) performed in Jan. 2014.

However, considering how much TV viewing has changed just in the last four years, “True Detective” still did well for itself Sunday night. Only time will tell, though, if the show can manage to stay even or grow in the coming weeks, like several of HBO’s other recent miniseries have.

In other news, TLC’s “90 Day Fiance” took the night’s no. 1 spot again and maintained a 0.9 with the first part of its “Tell All” special. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” came second with a 0.9 as well, up a tenth from its previous 0.8. Meanwhile, the finale of “Dirty John” saw the drama series rise to a series high in 18-49 (0.6) and in viewers (1.84 million).

Outside of the top 25, Starz’s “Outlander” held onto its previous 0.2, and grew to its biggest audience of the season so far, with 1.27 million viewers. The season finale of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” (0.2) similarly held steady in the demo, and managed to hit a new season high in viewers (1.21 million).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, January 13, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
90 DAY FIANCE: TELL ALL TLC 8:00 PM 2,668 0.9
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,228 0.9
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,641 0.6
DIRTY JOHN BRAVO 10:00 PM 1,839 0.6
WORST COOKS FOOD 9:00 PM 1,792 0.6
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,284 0.5
TRUE DETECTIVE HBO 9:02 PM 1,442 0.5
PREMIER LEAGUE – MANCHESTER UNITED/TOTTENHAM NBC SPORTS 11:26 AM 876 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,603 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,646 0.4
BAHAMAS LIFE HOME 9:30 PM 1,716 0.4
BAHAMAS LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,660 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:00 PM 1,635 0.3
THE LAKE ERIE MURDERS INVEST 10:00 PM 1,446 0.3
TRUE DETECTIVE HBO 10:01 PM 1,188 0.3
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 7:50 PM 823 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,493 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 734 0.3
TIGTONE ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 712 0.3
RETURN TO AMISH TLC 10:00 PM 1,045 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 PM 721 0.3
THE A&E MOVIE A&E 8:00 PM 1,153 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,206 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:00 PM 614 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 1,051 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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