Damon Lindelof‘s 10-episode HBO series The Leftovers originally had been set to debut June 15, following the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. But when the high-concept post-Rapture drama took an unexpected hiatus after Episode 6 (HBO called it “a short hiatus to prep our final episodes”), it lost that cushy launch platform, instead getting slotted after an episode of True Blood. The premiere of The Leftovers pulled in 1.8 million viewers in its 10PM on Sunday. Last night, at 9 PM True Blood clocked 3.1 million viewers — compared with the 7.1 million who’d caught that Game of Thrones season wrapper at 9 PM airing back on June 15 — up 32% from Season 3’s finale crowd of 5.4 mil.
Over all its Sunday plays, The Leftovers drew 2.1 million viewers. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, The Leftovers is the story of people who didn’t make the cut during the Rapture, which itself did not go as people had been taught to expect.