Can True Blood surpass the 5 Million mark for the Season Finale?

August 13, 2009 by  

true_blood_season_2_poster_groupSunday’s episode ratings soared to an amazing 4.43 million viewers which is more than the previous week at 4.27 million. These numbers only reflect the viewership of Sunday‘s 9 PM slot on HBO, but when you factor in encore presentations, DVR settings and HBO-On-Demand, True Blood reached the 11 million views mark! HBO is ecstatic at the numbers True Blood is pulling in this season, which is a 38% increase weekly from last year’s first season.

True Blood’s second season premiere drew in 3.7 million, which made it the most watched show on HBO since the Sopranos in June of 2007. Since the Season One DVD set has been released sales in the US alone have rocketed to $42 million!

The show is brilliantly written and created by Alan Ball and a talented crew who seem to create ever more drama and mayhem with each new episode.   Sunday nights feel like happy hour with us craving to see what is going to happen next. Alan Ball‘s marvelous adaptation of Charlaine Harris‘ novels has brought Sookie Stackhouse, and the delightfully, somewhat dysfunctional folks from Bon Temp, Louisiana, into our living rooms and into our hearts week after week.  Die hard fans feel as if they have been invited to watch the chaotic lives of the characters and feel their joys and sorrow along with them.  HBO’s heavy marketing push of True Blood has, beyond doubt, paid off for this series and the numbers prove it.

We are all eagerly awaiting the fate of so many of our Bon Temps friends so that I think the morning after the season 2 finale the numbers will exceed expectations.  True Blood fans are loyal as the buzz every Monday morning in offices proves it.

I have already pre-ordered my Season Two DVD set on since I will need something to keep me warm through the winter months while I anxiously await the tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that is due out  in May of 2010 and the return of Season 3 of True Blood on HBO!

True Blood airs each Sunday on HBO.

Sources: Broadcasting Cable, TVbynumbers, Amazon

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  • Amanda

    Seriously 11 hours and counting and welcome to the jungle! can’t wait!

  • pbartteacher

    30.5 hours til our “V” obsession is fulfilled. Can hardly wait for you know who? Get some E and S. Finally.

  • Amanda

    I say is it Sunday yet???? 😉 I think we’re gonna pass that too and I love this site and all the up to date articles, thanks!

  • Elizabeth D

    That’s great that ya’ll DVR it like me, but watch it live too, and I go as far as watching on Demand, why? I don’t know, lol and then I already pre-ordered season 2! Gosh, it sounds like I have no life, LOL! I really fell in love with the books before the series, and when word was buzzing there may be a show, I was so thrilled! I love the show and the adaption that Alan Ball does, because we get to know the characters a bit more personally, especially Eric & Bill! If your a fan of Charlaine Harris’ work, I am reading the first book of her series Harper Connelly, Grave Sight, its great! If it wasn’t for her and Alan Ball this show wouldn’t be on, so its awesome! Yes, I hope we meet Alcide too and I’m dying to know who may play him?? hmm..I kind of can’t wait and of course Debbie Pelt, the pain in Sookie’s butt, lol! Thanks’ for reading the articles and commenting and being so loyal, its fantastic!

  • Kara G

    Oh yes I DVR it and watch it live & I cannot wait to meet Alcide. This show is so good, its ridiculous and at the rate it is growing I think it will do better and HBO execs will be celebrating like all us fans the day after! I can’t get enough of Bill and Eric, and Sam and Jason, heck I don’t discriminate, they are all darn sweet looking.

  • Elizabeth

    I do agree with ya there, you can’t go wrong with great cast, writing, crew and fabulous author that the show is adapted from! I saw Generation Kill when it premiered and own the set..loved it, and usually watch it when True Blood is on hiatus or I will just re-watch Season 2 since I already pre-ordered the DVD’s!

    • pbartteacher

      Oh yeah. Have been DVRing the whole season 2. You have to rewatch and rewatch those episodes while they are away filming season 3. By the way, can we all say werewolves.

  • pbartteacher

    Season Finale + Great Acting + Great Plot + “V” addicted viewers =
    5 million viewers

    Let’s face it. It all adds up to some pretty awesome television. Started watching the series by accident from the beginning. My own addiction has grown. Next June 2010, will not come soon enough. Don’t forget about Generation Kill, if you have not watched it yet. Out on DVD, Alexander is 24/7 in the series. Just in case you can’t get enough. And no vampire make up. Swexy Swede time.

  • Elizabeth

    Yes, cumulatively with counting in the encore at 11PM on HBO and DVR settings and HBO-on demand it is close to 11 million…and I think for sure the season finale spot at 9PM will surpasst he 5 million mark! Like you said Jane, that is so true, Sookie would say, “easy peasy”, LOL! I agree, it is the best show on TV in many years, I love it and the books, I can’t get enough!

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  • Con

    I’m not sure how they count these things, by television set tuned into the show or a survey? If the first, wouldn’t having parties reduce the number of TVs that are tuned into the show, thus reducing the chance of the show passing that mark? If you count the number of people that watch the show, it’s way pass 5 millions by now.

  • Ryan C

    Hi Elizabeth I read your last 2 articles and I like your writing style. You seem to bring your own feeling to it which is great. I too think we will surpass the 5 million mark and I hope we can all celebrate the Monday after. Do you write anywhere else or just here for True Blood? Too bad they didn’t have bio’s on the writers so us fans could get to know you guys too. I think this site does a great job! Keep up the good work. Ryan C.

  • Stephanie

    I too totally think we will pass that too and I am having a party too, a true blood themed one and can’t watit to see what the numbers are the day after which will be awesome, but sad for all of us who can’t get enough of the show! Thank god for fan bases like these!

  • Erica

    We will TOTALLY pass the marker. I’m having a party that night just for the season finale.

  • Ericismine

    I think the show will surely surpass the numbers since its the hottest thing on tv now!

    • Rebecca

      I agree.I think when it is all done,we will all be surprised by the numbers.

  • Emily

    I say we will rocket pass 5 million easily!!!!!!!!!!So many of us Trubies are taking the Monday after off so we can have season finale parties! I can’t wait to see the numbers!!!!! We can do it!

  • Alexander Laughlin

    Wow, I really can’t believe the show has so many followings. I mean I can because its brilliant but its great to hear. I’m hoping for a long run, longer than Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under. I practically cried when that show came to an end. Thanks for the article today. Its my daily fix.