On a busy night on cable that saw the Season 3 debut of The Leftovers plus the return of Veep on HBO and the dismal opening of John Ridley’s limited series Guerrilla on Showtime, Girls drew 741,000 viewers, up a strong 45% in viewership over the finale low of the April 17, 2016 Season 5 ender. All of which now makes the end of Girls the second most-watched finale ever.
Week-to-week, the “Latching” Season 6 and series finale was up 0.9% in viewers over its penultimate episode. That makes the finale the second most-watched show of Season 6 after the 765,000 who tuned in April 2. And if you really want to embrace the stats: the series finale is the 22nd most-watched episode of the series’ 62-episode run.
Among the 18-49 demo, the 10:05 PM-airing series finale drew a 0.3, up 43% over the ratings results for the Season 5 finale.
As for the rest of HBO’s night, Girls lead-in The Leftovers opened its third and final season at 9:02 PM Sunday with 895,000 viewers, a 22% rise over its Season 2 opener on October 4, 2015.
Back for its sixth season, the Emmy-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led Veep — airing starting at 10:37 PM after Girls — saw the satire snag 659,000 total viewers. That is down 40% from the Season 5 opener of April 24, 2106, and a season premiere audience low for Veep, but the Washington comedy usually aired on a night anchored at 9 PM by HBO blockbuster drama Game Of Thrones, whose season was delayed this year. Last year, the 9 PM hour leading to the Veep Season 5 premiere drew 7.94 million viewers with the GOT season debut vs. 895,000 for The Leftovers last night.
Over on Showtime, the early-1970s-set and London-based Guerrilla pulled in just 182,000 viewers for its debut. It’s a big but not unexpected drop from the 1.9 million the Homeland Season 6 finale drew in the same 9 PM slot April 9.