HBO ratings pumped by ‘True Blood’

June 16, 2009 | 8:54 p.m.
Vampire Bill Compton

This week, Denise Martin will be launching a Hero Complex countdown to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” but today her focus is the “True Blood” season premiere and its ratings. While the numbers can’t compare to network hit shows, the news was decidely good for the bayou bloodsuckers and the subscription-based HBO, Martin reports over at our sister blog, Show Tracker:

Some 3.7 million viewers tuned into the second season premiere of HBO’s “True Blood” Sunday — the network’s biggest telecast rating in two years.

Another 1.4 million watched the 11 p.m. encore., and by the end of the night, 5.1 million viewers watched to see the conclusion to last season’s bone-chilling cliffhanger — was that Lafayette’s cold, dead corpse in the back of Andy Bellefleur’s car?

That makes the episode HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of “The Sopranos.”

Altogether, the premiere delivered the network’s single biggest audience since the mob drama’s 2007 ending, which drew 11.9 million and still ranks its most-watched series

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– Denise Martin

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