The Leftovers Coming to an End? Season 3 Cancellation Looms Due to Drop in Season 2's Viewership Ratings
The future of HBO's The Leftovers Season 3 looks hazy at the moment. The mystery - science fiction television drama series hit bottom rock in terms of viewership ratings in Season 2.
The Leftovers is the small screen adaptation of Tom Perotta's novel of the same name and premiere on HBO last 29 June 2014. Premiere Date TV recently circulated that the Season 1 of the series received an average of 1.6 million viewers per episode. The fair viewership rating of the first season triggered the continuation of the series for a second installment.
However, Season 2 was not received quite well by the viewers. Second Season of The Leftovers gathered only 0.64 million viewers per episode, a far cry from the previous season which is 60% loss of viewers. Carter Matt speculated that the drop in viewership percentage is based on the following factors: the story line became depressing as it progresses.
Secondly, the True Blood finale served as a good preface for the debut of The Leftovers Season 1 and lastly, the timeslot of Season 2 coincides with the year's top television series namely, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, Sunday Night Football, and Homeland.
HBO has not confirmed yet if The Leftovers will be cancelled or renewed for Season 3 but the predictions of the series' cancellation is based on the ratings alone. Many shared sentiments and disappointments on the news of the show's potential cancellation including an article from Forbes.
According to Forbes, The Leftovers is one of the most remarkable series by HBO and has collected positive reviews as well in Rotten Tomatoes, The New York Times, and Entertainment. But the show failed to reach out to the public viewers who make up the largest share of ratings.
It remains uncertain if The Leftovers returns for Season 3 with its stellar cast including Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, and Amy Brenneman.