‘True Detective: Night Country’ Viewership Jumps 5% With Episode 3

“True Detective: Night Country” reached 2.7 million viewers with its third episode on Sunday night, which notably aired in competition with the NFC championship game. This marks a 5% increase compared to the previous episode.

The season has now seen two consecutive weeks of growth, as Episode 2’s 2.6 million viewers on Jan. 22 marked a 28% improvement from the premiere’s 2 million viewers. (These numbers come from a combination of Nielsen’s measurement of linear viewers on HBO’s cable channel as well as streams on Max through each episode’s first night of availability). Additionally, these episodes continue to grow on Max: Episode 1 jumped from 2 million to 7.5 million viewers after one first week and now sits at 10.7 million viewers, while one week of streaming availability for Episode 2 boosted it from 2.6 million to 8 million viewers.

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Thus far, “True Detective: Night Country” is outpacing “Succession” Season 4 and “The White Lotus” Season 2, HBO’s most recent comparable titles. When the third episode of “Succession” Season 4 aired, armed with a major plot twist that received major critical acclaim, it reached a then-series high of 2.5 million viewers. Data is unavailable regarding the third episode of “The White Lotus” Season 2, but its sixth episode reaching 2.3 million viewers marked a series high at the time. Both series, therefore, were behind where “Night Country” currently sits.

“True Detective: Night Country” stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, respectively. The two detectives investigate the disappearance of eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station in Ennis, Alaska. Finn Bennett, Fiona Shaw, Christopher Eccleston, Isabella Star LaBlanc and John Hawkes star alongside Foster and Reis.

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