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    desertsmiss

    [1]Sep 26, 2008
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    I was wondering what the ratings were like for episode 3.

    You know, how many tuned in? is HBO happy? etc.

    And one more question, why is it SO difficult to find information about stuff like that. I mean it's been almost a week since episode 3 aired, and still I can't find a site that shares this kind of information.

    Thanks

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    TesserT

    [2]Sep 26, 2008
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    There are several threads that deal with these very questions. 1st ep had 2.1 million viewers, 2nd ep had 2.6 million (some sources say 2.8 mil). HBO has already renewed for a 2nd season so they must be happy.
    HBO's Nielsen ratings aren't published along with the standard network or basic cable stations so it's harder to find.
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    desertsmiss

    [3]Sep 26, 2008
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    Thanks for the info, but I was specifically talking about episode 3.
    The ratings for Ep. 1-2 are easy to find.
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    michaelhanergod

    [4]Sep 26, 2008
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    yeah i want to know the ratings for ep 3 as well
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    winterbehaviour

    [5]Sep 26, 2008
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    I haven't beena able to find anything on the ep3 ratings either perhaps they will be released soon I'm really interested to know.
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    TesserT

    [6]Sep 26, 2008
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    Ep 3 numbers aren't out anywhere to be found. With such a small viewership, True Blood may not even be in the Cable Top 40 for which ratings are released & thus isn't mentioned by the sites that publish ratings. Cable ratings for the Top 20 are published weekly not overnight like network TV. I left a question about Ep 3's ratings over at tvbythenumbers so maybe Robert Seidman can shed some light! If not only HBO knows.
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    michaelhanergod

    [7]Sep 27, 2008
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    Is that a bad sign. That the ratings are not known?
    when the other 2 we got to know quickly
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    TesserT

    [8]Sep 27, 2008
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    michaelhanergod wrote:
    Is that a bad sign. That the ratings are not known?
    when the other 2 we got to know quickly
    Not a bad sign - premium cable shows ratings aren't usually big news. Ratings are posted for the weekly cable top show rankings. If the show didn't have better than a 2.5 household rating or more than around 3.8 million viewers then it probably won't show up on the weekly ratings. HBO will know the numbers but it won't show up on the usual sites that post ratings.
    Edited on 09/27/2008 10:13am
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    TesserT

    [9]Sep 27, 2008
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    Heard back from Robert over at tvbythenumbers. True Blood's 3rd ep got 1.8 million viewers.
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    winterbehaviour

    [10]Sep 27, 2008
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    TesserT wrote:
    Heard back from Robert over at tvbythenumbers. True Blood's 3rd ep got 1.8 million viewers.


    That is really bad then seems like its gone down by a lot But I get the impression that these cable networks operate differently anyway since they have already commissioned the second season of the show?
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    TesserT

    [11]Sep 27, 2008
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    winterbehaviour wrote:
    TesserT wrote:
    Heard back from Robert over at tvbythenumbers. True Blood's 3rd ep got 1.8 million viewers.


    That is really bad then seems like its gone down by a lot But I get the impression that these cable networks operate differently anyway since they have already commissioned the second season of the show?

    Ep 1 had 1.4 million viewers for its premiere. When numbers for the rebroadcast that same night were factored in the total reached 2.1 million. With the premiere + all repeat broadcasts + DVRs were factored in, the tally of viewers was a little more than 4 million. This is why HBO is quite happy with the numbers for True Blood. Other than wrestling, football & The Closer most cable shows get anywhere from 5-3 million viewers.
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    winterbehaviour

    [12]Sep 27, 2008
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    Oh I see that is very good its keeping up the numbers the
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    michaelhanergod

    [13]Sep 27, 2008
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    It seems it has gone down for the 1st showing of episode 3. Hopefully the rating over the whole week for that episode will be more or the same as ep 2
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    winterbehaviour

    [14]Sep 27, 2008
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    I do find it odd that cable shows get such small figures in a country of 200 million though. I suppose not many people subscribe to these networks?
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    HMVincent

    [15]Sep 27, 2008
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    I can't answer for everyone. but basic cable is a lot more expensive than rabbit ears, and premium cable is a lot more expensive than basic. A coworker signed up for HBO so that he could watch the Sopranos, and then the new season didn't start for another 18 months, so he dropped it (at some more expense, I'm guessing). Next year, broadcast tv (or "free', or "rabbit ears") ends, so those who cannot afford basic cable won't get any tv at all. The advantages of competition, yes? where in one area there is only one cable service.
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    michaelhanergod

    [16]Sep 27, 2008
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    broadcast TV ends next year what do you mean by that if i may ask?
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    HMVincent

    [17]Sep 28, 2008
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    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_channel

    "Television stations are now in the process of converting from analogue (NTSC, PAL, or SECAM) to digital TV (ATSC, DVB, or ISDB)."

    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_TV

    "After February 17, 2009, full-power television stations in the USA will broadcast in digital only."

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    TesserT

    [18]Sep 28, 2008
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    michaelhanergod wrote:
    broadcast TV ends next year what do you mean by that if i may ask?

    New law requires all broadcasting to be via digital signal starting Feb 17th. If your TV isn't digital (e.g. old TV set) you'll need a converter box to receive even basic TV signals. Govt is giving households coupons for converter boxes if you don't have cable or satellite service - these already supply you with a digital converter box. For more info ck out the FCC's site http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html
    Edited on 09/28/2008 6:30am
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    michaelhanergod

    [19]Sep 28, 2008
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    What does that mean for all the shows on the networks?
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    TesserT

    [20]Sep 28, 2008
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    michaelhanergod wrote:
    What does that mean for all the shows on the networks?

    Nothing. Most networks are already broadcasting in digital format. It only affects whether you can view them on your TV set. After Feb you'll need cable or satellite service or a digital converter box for your analog TV. If you have a new digital TV then you can view local broadcasts without a box. For cable & premium networks you'll still need cable or satellite service.
    Edited on 09/28/2008 10:56am
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