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June 30, 2009

HBO's 'Hung' opens huge

Hung08 The premiere of HBO’s newest comedy series "Hung" was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series debut in a couple years.

"Hung" was the biggest (sigh, trying to avoid the puns) premiere for the network since "John From Cincinnati," which aired after the series finale of "The Sopranos."

Lead-in "True Blood," meanwhile, hit yet another series high, drawing 3.7 million viewers. "Hung" held 76% of its lead-in.

If you throw in encore presentations of both shows, "Hung" grows to (okay, it's impossible) 3.7 million viewers and "Blood" goes up to 5.1 million.

HBO says "True Blood" is currently averaging a cross-platform audience of more than 10.8 million viewers per episode -- very impressive for a pay cable series. That's if you count network airings, HBO On Demand and DVR, making "Blood" outperform its first season average by 38%.


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