Glossy finishes for 'Closer,' 'Weeds'

3:54 PM PST 09/16/2008 by Kimberly Nordyke, AP

'True Blood' sees increase in second outing

TNT's "The Closer" and Showtime's "Weeds" had big season finales Monday night.

Meanwhile, HBO's "True Blood" showed an uptick in Week 2, and "Entourage" was on par with its season premiere.

"Closer" ended its fourth season at 9 p.m. Monday with 7.6 million total viewers tuning in. Although that didn't match the Season 3 finale of a year ago, when a record 9.2 million viewers watched, the Season 4 conclusion was off only slightly from its fourth-season bow in July (7.8 million).

In the key demos, "Closer" averaged 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.2 million 25-54.

"Weeds" had its best season finale ever at 10 p.m. Monday, averaging 1 million viewers to top November's third-season finale (737,000). An 11 p.m. repeat averaged another 337,000 viewers. Combined, the two episodes were up 31% over the Season 3 finale's first two airings. That caps a season that started off strong, with a network-record 1.3 million viewers tuning in to the season premiere in June.

Vampire drama "Blood" averaged 1.8 million total viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday, up 24% from its series premiere a week ago (1.4 million). A 10:30 p.m. repeat drew another 800,000 viewers for a total of 2.4 million, up 14% from a week ago (2.1 million).

Meanwhile, the show's viewership tally for its first episode now stands at 4 million total viewers cumulated over eight airings.

Leading out of "Blood" at 10 p.m., "Entourage" averaged 1.6 million viewers, on par with its fifth-season premiere last week.

Elsewhere, the premiere of Nickelodeon's "Gym Teacher: The Movie," starring Christopher Meloni, Amy Sedaris and Nathan Kress, averaged 2.8 million viewers at 8-10 p.m. Friday.
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