Alan Ball’s True Blood Renewed by HBO for 3rd Season!

July 30, 2009 by  

tbs2According to The Hollywood Reporter:

HBO announced the renewal of its entire summer original programming lineup, ordering another round of freshman comedy “Hung,” veteran comedy “Entourage” and hit vampire drama “True Blood.”

With ratings numbers like these for last week’s episode, “Hard-Hearted Hannah” is there any doubt that it would be renewed?:

True Blood (9:03pm, 50 minutes)
– 4.0 million viewers
– 2.4/4 HH
– 2.0/6 A18-49?

At a wild guess, HBO was waiting for a decision on “Hung” in order to decide if they whole line up could be announced at once.

According to THR:

True Blood” has averaged 3.8 million viewers (11.2 when you add repeats, DVR and On Demand viewing), “Hung” has averaged 3.1 million (10.2 million cume) and “Entourage” brings in about 3.0 million (7.4 million cume).

But you can’t really ‘average’ a series whose numbers are climbing weekly.  Oddly, those numbers would have shot True Blood into the top 20 cable shows nestling in between ‘The Food Network Star 5″ and one of the million “Spongebob”s except they only list the ‘advertising supported shows’

Top 20 advertiser supported cable network television shows for the week ending July 26, 2009:

Rank Programs Net Day Viewers (Live+SD) (000s)
1 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 6,803
2 THE CLOSER TNT Mon 6,601
3 NASCAR SPRINT CUP ESPN Sun 6,487
4 ROYAL PAINS USA Thu 6,205
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 5,275
6 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE DSNY Fri 5,047
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 5,036
8 NCIS USA Mon 4,871
9 NATIONWIDE POST RACE ESPN Sun 4,869
10 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 4,797
11 LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG) USA Sun 4,633
12 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA Sun 4,172
13 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Sun 4,163
14 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 4,158
15 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Tue 4,083
16 SPONGEBOB NICK Tue 4,056
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 4,018
18 FOOD NETWORK STAR 5 FOOD Sun 4,008
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 3,834
20 SONNY WITH A CHANCE DSNY Sun 3,805


Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Congratulations to Alan and all the hard working, talented and wonderful cast and crew (and behind the scenes folks) who make True Blood the best show on TV! [Editor’s Note: Not that I’m prejudiced or anything…] Congratulations to HBO for a winning Sunday lineup.  But most of all, YAAAY FOR US, THE FANS!  We get another year of incredible TV.

Sources: THR and TV by the Numbers

(Photo credit: HBO)

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  • i love true blood plx hurry up with the next season i’d very much like to know who kidnap bill.

  • And Hopefully True Blood will be renewed for many for Seasons. There are 9-10 books!!!! So much to do, so much to see. Rock On HBO!!

  • Danielle

    Thank Goddess The wonderful show true blood is coming back for a third season *holds up a bottle of TrueBlood* here’s to many more!

  • Nia

    My thanks to HBO for recognizing a mega hit in True Blood. For your true fans there was never any doubt. Congratulations to Alan Ball, and the amazing cast for all their hard work to bring us this incredible entertainment. You have our gratitude.
    We are deeply devoted fans, and we will stay devoted and supportive for the many seasons to come.
    TEAM TRUE BLOOD!

  • pbartteacher

    As Lafayette would say, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujahs!”

    The addiction to True Blood will continue for another season. Yeah. Now if we can get Alan Ball and the crew to work a little faster on Season Three–perhaps May not a June premier. Just a suggestion 🙂 Not that we are in any hurry to see the werewolves or Debbie Pelt! Not.

  • I haven’t been this shocked since Adam Lambert came out of the closet! 😉

    lol

    Of course this is not surprising news, but it’s still great to hear that True Blood is doing so so well! Best show on this summer 😀