HBO has given Justin Theroux's drama "The Leftovers" a second season. The show's average rating of 7.4 million viewers is more than satisfactory for the network, although not stellar like "Game of Thrones".
"We are thrilled to bring back THE LEFTOVERS for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta," president, HBO Programming Michael Lombardo said. "It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain."
"The Leftovers" debuted on June 29 with 1.8 million viewers on its 10 P.M. on Sunday slot. It steadily gained momentum up to "nearly 8 million weekly viewers once all platforms are taken into account," THR reported. That way, the show is way above "The Newsroom" and is on par with "Boardwalk Empire".
"The Leftovers" is about the people who were left behind during The Rupture. "...when you have this sort of Earth-shattering event that's on a global scale, that collective shock or trauma can make people incredibly weird. You see it in small pockets, when a town has a mass shooting, where they are forever changed in this way. It's both incredibly sad and interesting, for no other reason than they share something, you know?" Theroux explained the show's dilemma to Elle.