No desperation for Bravo's 'Real Housewives'


The second-season premiere of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City" hit a series high Tuesday.

"Real Housewives" was seen by 1.6 million viewers, up 99% from last year's debut and holding onto 80% of its lead-in, the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" (2 million).

On Sunday, the premiere of HBO's Southern-fried comedy "Eastbound & Down" did a belly flop, losing 40% of its "Flight of the Conchords" lead-in.

"Big Love" (2 million, 1.0 adults 18-49 rating) and "Conchords" (826,000, 0.5) hit season highs to warm up the evening, with the former continuing its growth this season and the latter jumping 67% compared with last week.

But the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced "Eastbound" was seen by only 671,000 viewers and drew a 0.3 demo rating, on par with the much more under-the-radar premiere of "Summer Heights High" in November. However, HBO has shown a recent ability to grow an audience throughout a show's season, so a modest premiere rating isn't a sign of doom.

Also on Sunday, Lifetime Movie Network's "Taken in Broad Daylight" became the second-most-watched original movie premiere in the network's 10-year history, landing 1.9 million viewers. It grew to 5.8 million after additional airings.

On Saturday, Fox Reality Channel hit an all-time high with the second-season premiere of "Battle of the Bods" (119,000). (partialdiff)