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'Outlander' ratings steady as 'Leftovers' rise

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A welcome sign for Outlander: The Scotland-set fantasy drama was steady the ratings for its second episode.

Saturday’s second hour averaged 900,000 viewers. That’s actually notably up from the season premiere’s 721,000. But over the course of a full weekend of repeats, the full tally was slightly under the premiere—2.2 million vs. last week’s 2.3 million.

Meanwhile over on Cinemax, Friday night’s new medical period drama The Knick had 600,000 for the evening and posted a an 18 percent gain from last week’s premiere.

On HBO Sunday night, The Leftovers had 1.6 million—the most-watched telecast since the show’s debut—and racked up 1.9 million for the night (including DVR playback, Leftovers is averaging 7.4 million so far this debut season). Leftovers is likely aided by its rather strong lead-in — the final season of True Blood.

The current ratings are arguably not very crucial for any of these shows since Outlander, The Knick, and The Leftovers have all received second season orders.

Still, the trio was dwarfed by the latest episode True Blood, which had 4.3 million across three plays Sunday and is averaging 9.4 million viewers. True Blood airs its series finale on Sunday.