While the current lineup of HBO Sunday night shows- Season 2 of True Detective and the new Ballers and The Brink– all got middling-to-negative reviews from critics, ratings for all three shows were strong.
According to Variety, citing Nielsen ratings, True Detective drew over 3 million viewers, the strongest performance of the series with the exception of last year’s finale and more than a million more viewers than the first season premiere. Ballers, Dwayne Johnson’s first TV show since he was on Monday Night RAW, drew 2.16 million, while The Brink shed a million viewers from its lead-in, drawing 1.6 million.
HBO has often made the habit of announcing renewals for shows on the day after a strong season premiere, although that didn’t happen this week. With True Detective, a third season seems likely provided creator Nic Pizzolatto wants to do it. With Ballers, it’s probably a matter of the availability of its star, who is currently approaching Biggest Movie Star in the World status. As for The Brink… it’ll probably depend on whether it performs well enough to earn a second season.