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Season Finale of “True Detective” Pulls in 3.5M Viewers

James Bridges/HBO(NEW YORK) -- The first season of True Detective ended Sunday night with strong ratings for HBO.

The season finale of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's gritty drama was seen by 3.5 million viewers. That's a notable increase from the 2.3 million who tuned in to the series debut in January.

Interest in the True Detective season finale was so high that the HBO GO streaming service crashed on Sunday night due to heavy traffic. It's working fine now.

HBO notes that True Detective had the most successful first season of any drama for the cable network since Six Feet Under bowed in 2001.

A second season of True Detective is planned, with new characters and a new story line. McConaughey is on record as saying he will not return to the show.

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