'True Detective' Gains Fans While 'Girls' Sheds Viewers

'True Detective' Gains Fans While 'Girls' Sheds Viewers

Lena Dunham snared her first Saturday Night Live hosting gig at the best possible time. Her HBO series Girls could sure use a PR boost.

The media long ago declared Girls the Next Great Television Series without noticing how few people actually watch it. Scribes were equally effusive about Dunham despite a thin track record.

Dunham’s “breakout” film, the 2010 indie dramedy Tiny Furniture, barely registered on the pop culture radar The 2012 feature Nobody Walks, which she co-wrote, earned a grand total of $25,342 during its brief theatrical window.

Now, the audience for Girls in season 3 continues to shrink while HBO’s new series True Detective manages to add viewers each week.

According to Nielsen estimates, “True Detective” averaged 2.6 million viewers for its 9 p.m. episode — up 16% from the previous week (2.24 million) and 13% higher than its series premiere on Jan. 12 (2.3 million). Across its three plays for the night, “Detective” cumed 3.6 million viewers, also a series high….

“Girls” followed at 10 p.m. with 916,000, down from the previous week’s 942,000, and a total of 1.3 million for the night.