'True Blood' Season 5 Premiere Ratings Down from Last Season's Premiere

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June 11th, 2012

The season five premiere of True Blood was watched by 5.2 million viewers, down 4% from last season's premiere, but up 3% from the season 4 finale. A total of 6.3 million viewers  watched one of the show's two airings on Sunday.

  • ASfandancer

    TB and GOT are both really entertaining. I don’t quite understand why people have to compare one against the other as they are entirely different and would not necessarily garner the same audience. Also don’t understand why anyone has to degrade a show or it’s actors, nobody is forcing you to watch. Those of us who enjoy these shows don’t really care what others think. As for the ratings, seems to me both shows have nothing to apologies for.

  • coolioni

    I think this is by far the best Vampire show on T.V.
    It blows away Vampire diares which is aimed at a much younger audience.

    Plus TVD is basicly a PG show and of course Tb is a say and do whatever we feel like R rated type of TV show.

    I have watched every episode live since season 1 and I plan on never missing an episode.

    Also I only get HBO when True Blood is on the air, the rest of the year I just have the standard Basic Hd /Digital package w.o any premium channels.

    I gladly will pay and extar $20 a month to the cable company to watch True blood live and not have to watch it off of some hard to watch illegal pirated websites.

  • KS


    Its not the sales that matter. Its the quality that matters. And quality is subjective. So, we can never probably come to a conclusion, what show is better.

  • Aecen

    Not sure how your numbers work out truebloodlover. GoT had the largest first week dvd sales among any HBO network tv series. 350,000 units. Trueblood total numbers arent in yet but unless something happened their is no way it could sell that much in a week considering season 3 and 4 sold 1 million in a total year.

    Either way just watch them both!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    The premiere may be down, but we don’t know yet if the ratings will grow or shrink this season. It all depends on how whacked this season will be.

    And with an incestuous relationship between Eric and his sister, and Russell Edgington returning, and Tara becoming a vampire, I think the odds are this season will be better than the last.

  • groove365

    I’ve been waiting for my summer fix of crazy TV for a while and this didn’t disappoint.

  • LJ

    Count me as someone who doesn’t understand the TB vs GOT arguments. They are both on the same network and they both make HBO a ton of money. The better TB does, the more money HBO has to spend on shows like GOT. So I lend my support to TB.

    GOT is a far better show, however, as critics and fans prove by rating it much higher than TB. GOT season 2 scored an 88 on metacritic.com. TB season 5 scored a 73. GOT is rated 9.4 out of 10 on imdb. TB is rated 8.0. The biggest difference in total viewership is the number of female fans TB has. Females comprise about 53 percent of TB’s total viewership. Whereas they only account for about 42 percent of GOT’s total viewers. The total number of males watching the 2 shows is equal.

  • Candi

    that is not a big difference! It will go up next episode! I have NO doubt about that! This show is so awesome! I am addicted! I never want this show to end! Just show Eric’s love scene and your ratings will go through the roof! No worries from me!

  • scifi

    I hope this is the beginning and True Blood will die at least next year.

  • Sallie

    I think the show has “jumped the shark,” I’m sorry to say. Given the direction the storyline has taken, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets cancelled. I never understood why the writers veered so far from the books, which are full of twists and turns and amazing characters….But that aside, I had been able to enjoy the show.

    But this season, so far, is pointless, unfocused and boring.

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