'True Blood' stays strong

HBO drama hits series high; 'Jon & Kate' solid

HBO's "True Blood" has managed to hit yet another series high.

Sunday night's episode was seen by 4.3 million viewers, the latest record for the vampire drama.

HBO's freshman comedy "Hung" (3.4 million) as well as "Entourage" (3.3 million) had their second-highest numbers of the season. HBO recently renewed all three shows for another campaign.

Showtime did well too, with "Weeds" (1.6 million) and "Nurse Jackie" (1.4 million) rising up to best their premieres and post season highs.

Also Sunday night, the season finale of "Kendra" on E! averaged 2.1 million viewers, the network's highest-rated first-season finale since "The Anna Nicole Show."

On TLC, the Monday night return of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" was seen by a strong 4.2 million viewers (1.8 million were adults 18-49).

That's a steep 61% drop from the show's last outing -- June's "breakup episode," which was the program's most-watched ever -- but it marked a rebound after the show's pre-breakup trend, which had taken "Jon & Kate" down to about 3 million.

Also Monday, broadcast had a sluggish night. In its first week without a "Bachelorette" lead-in, ABC's "Dating in the Dark" dropped as expected, coming in third place at 10 p.m.

"Dating" (3.6 million viewers, 1.6 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) fell 33% against a repeat and NBC's "Dateline" (6.8 million, 1.9).

Otherwise, CBS won with repeats Monday. NBC was second with a steady "Great American Road Trip" (4.6 million, 1.2), a repeat and "Dateline." Fox was third with repeats. ABC was fourth with its "Sugarland: Live on the Inside" special (4.2 million, 1.1), which came in last place in the hour, plus a repeat and "Dating."
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