'Damages' drops in 2nd week

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FX's new series "Damages" was down in its second week.

The legal drama, starring Glenn Close, averaged 2.9 million total viewers at 10 p.m. Tuesday, down 20% from last week's premiere episode (3.7 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.

However, the dropoff was likely due in part to a technical problem in New York and parts of New Jersey that caused blackouts during Tuesday night's episode for Time Warner Cable customers. "Damages'" household ratings were down 47% week-to-week in New York (from a 6.3 to a 3.3).

"Damages" nevertheless managed to improve upon its adults 18-49 viewership, jumping 17% from a 1.2 million average to 1.4 million, and built on its lead-in, theatrical "The Day After Tomorrow," which averaged 1.9 million total viewers and 981,000 viewers in the demo. "Damages" also was the most-watched basic cable program of the night in the demo and in total viewers.

Elsewhere in cable ratings news, Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern" had its most-watched episode at 9 p.m. Monday, averaging 676,000 total viewers. The season premiere of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" at 10 p.m. Monday drew 866,000 viewers, its third-most-watched episode. The shows helped give Travel Channel its highest-rated Monday night since March 2001.
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