NEW YORK (AP) — Every time a popular HBO series ends, the network faces a round of stories essentially asking, “is there life for HBO after (fill in the blank). This time, it was “Game of Thrones.”

Based on early indications, its executives shouldn’t worry too much.

The series “Big Little Lies” returned for its second season, adding Meryl Streep to the cast, and reached 2.5 million people across HBO’s various platforms on Sunday. The Nielsen company said that beat the show’s premiere episode by 34 percent.

HBO had an even bigger success with the miniseries “Chernobyl,” which averaged 8 million viewers per episode.

The NBA Finals continued on ABC with drab ratings, at least in the United States. The third game between the Toronto

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