'Damages' drops in 2nd week


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.