"Hung" starts big for HBO

Wed Jul 1, 2009 12:50am EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - 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 strongest 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 percent of the vampire drama's audience.

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

<p>Actor Thomas Jane, star of the new HBO comedy series "Hung", poses with a cigar at the series premiere in Hollywood June 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>