'Hung' starts big for HBO

Net's most-watched series debut since June 2007

The premiere of HBO's newest comedy "Hung" was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series debut in two years.

"Hung," about a well-endowed man (Thomas Jane) who becomes a hustler, was the biggest -- tough to avoid the puns -- premiere for the network since "John From Cincinnati," which aired after the series finale of "The Sopranos" in June 2007.

Lead-in "True Blood," meanwhile, hit yet another series high, drawing 3.7 million viewers. "Hung" held 76% of the vampire drama's audience.

If you throw in encore presentations of both shows, "Hung" grows to 3.7 million viewers and "Blood" to 5.1 million.

HBO said "Blood" is averaging a cross-platform audience of more than 10.8 million viewers per episode. That's if you count network airings, HBO On Demand and DVR, making the sophomore show outperform its first-season average by 38%.
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