HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE the Most-Watched Debut Season Ever on HBO Canada

— March 10, 2014

“Once, there was only dark. Ask me, the light’s winning." – Detective Rust Cohle from HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE

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TORONTO (March 10, 2014) – HBO’s epic tale of light vs. darkness was a smash hit with Canadians. Based on final data for the first six episodes which averaged 451,000 total viewers and preliminary data of all eight episodes which averaged 392,000 total viewers, the instant-classic series TRUE DETECTIVE is the most-watched debut season in HBO Canada history, besting the previous record of 378,000 total viewers for the first season of GAME OF THRONES. The anthology series’ first installment, which reached a total of more than 2.4 million viewers during its run, came to a thrilling and moving conclusion last night as detectives Cohle (Academy Award® winner McConaughey) and Martin (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson) end their 17-year hunt for a killer. Subscribers who missed out on the broadcast run or who want to watch it all over again, can binge on the entire journey now on TMN GO, Shaw Go Movie Central app, and Telus Optik on the go.

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TRUE DETECTIVE is an eight-episode, one-hour anthology series about Louisiana detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer. Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) worked the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about this notorious case. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle’s personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point. Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot moves forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the  drama centres around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle’s relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men. Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) stars as Hart’s wife who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession.


In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.


In Western Canada, episodes are available on HBO Canada HD, on the go with the Shaw Go Movie Central app, Telus Optik on the go and Bell TV Online, and HBO Canada On Demand.
















About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


About Movie Central

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at


Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at


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For more information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)

Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or


For Movie Central (Western Canada):

Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or





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