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True Detective Finale Brings in Record-Breaking Ratings

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True Detective went out with a bang.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's swan song as Rusty and Marty (Miss you guys, already!) ended on a high note—a series-high not that is, as their HBO detective drama attracted record-breaking ratings with its season finale on Sunday, March 9.

The eight-episode series' final outing garnered 3.5 million viewers, which is a whopping 50 percent increase from the series premiere, which brought in a sizable 2.3 million viewers.

Of course, the huge numbers shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the fact that True Detective literally broke HBO Go on Sunday night, with the official Twitter account tweeting, "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon."

As McConaughey would say: alright, alright, alright!

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The gritty drama's first season has averaged 11 million viewers, according to HBO, which makes it the network's most-watched rookie series since 2001 (11.4 million for Six Feet Under). The series premiere on Jan. 13 was HBO's highest-rated drama debut since Boardwalk Empire in 2010.

While HBO has yet to pick up a second season of Nic Pizzolatto's series, one thing's for sure: McConaughey will not be returning. "I won't be back for season two. Season one was finite," the actor said at the Oscars after picking up the trophy for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.

In an interview HitFix, Pizzolatto teased that season two will be about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

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