Bravo's 'Housewives' hits series high

Second-season premiere up 99% from last year's debut

The second-season premiere of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City" on Tuesday scored a series high.

"New York" was seen by 1.6 million viewers, up 99% from last year's debut and holding on to 80% of its lead-in -- the season finale of "Real Housewives of Orange County" (2 million). "Real Housewives" is produced by Ricochet Television.

On Sunday, the premiere of HBO's Southern-fried comedy "Eastbound and Down" did a belly flop, losing 40% of its "Flight of the Conchords" lead-in.

HBO drama "Big Love" (2 million, 1.0 adults 18-49 rating) and "Conchords" (826,000, 0.5) both hit season highs to warm up the evening, with the former continuing its growth this season and the latter jumping 67% from last week.

But the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced "Eastbound" was seen by only 671,000 viewers and drew a 0.3 demo rating -- on par with the much more under-the-radar premiere of "Summer Heights High" in November. However, HBO has shown a recent ability to grow an audience throughout a show's season, so a modest premiere rating isn't necessarily the clarion call of doom.

Also on Sunday, Lifetime Movie Network's "Taken in Broad Daylight" became the channel's second-most-watched original movie premiere in the network's 10-year history, landing 1.9 million viewers (and eventually growing to 5.8 million after a couple more airings).

On Saturday, Fox Reality Channel hit an all-time high with the second-season premiere of "Battle of the Bods" (119,000).
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