Last Sunday’s season 2 premiere of True Blood recorded huge ratings for HBO. It was the most watched program on the network since The Sopranos series finale. If you factor in the 11 PM encore airing the show recorded 5.1 million viewers.
Not surprisingly it was also torrented at a record rate, coming in as the most downloaded show according to The Pirate Bay.
Winter Is Coming: I have to imagine this is good news for Game of Thrones. A TV adaptation of a book series with only a fraction of Ice & Fire’s fan base having such great success for them should encourage them to take a chance on this project. HBO is on its way back to the top, and hopefully Thrones will be a big part of that.
In related news, Merlin premieres in the US on NBC this Sunday night. Yes, I know it is low-budget, kiddie-fare compared to Thrones. But it will be interesting to see how it does in the ratings. I think success for any fantasy type television series will only help the cause.