HBO’s ‘True Detective’ season finale locks up a ratings high
LOS ANGELES — An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday’s season finale of “True Detective,” the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen.
That’s the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. ET cable drama and 50 percent higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show’s premiere.
The show’s big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC’s “Resurrection” and Fox’s “Cosmos,” along with an episode of the AMC hit “Walking Dead.”
McConaughey and Harrelson played investigators hunting for a Louisiana serial killer.
A total of 11 million people have watched the series to date, which marks the highest gross viewership for a first-season HBO series since “Six Feet Under” hooked 11.4 million in 2001.
Bieber surprises with performance during SXSW
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Bieber has kicked off the music portion of South by Southwest before the real program begins.
The 20-year-old pop star surprised a small crowd at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, Texas, on Sunday night.
Audience member Ashley Gregg said Monday that Bieber performed two songs, dedicating “Boyfriend” to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was backstage.
“This goes out to my baby girl,” Bieber told a crowd of about 100 people.
The bar was hosting an event for Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Surprise performers included Bieber and boy band The Wanted. Cody Simpson, Dan + Shay, Tori Kelly and Rixton, who are among Braun’s clients, also performed.
The music portion of South by Southwest, which will feature Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Willie Nelson and Kendrick Lamar, starts Tuesday.
Neil Young introduces high-quality music system PonoMusic
Neil Young has long groused about the way music he and other artists make ends up sounding in the digital age. Now he is introducing his solution: PonoMusic, a combination online music store and playback system that gives listeners access to audiophile quality recordings.