September 17, 2008 / 9:19 AM / 10 years ago

Glossy finishes for "Closer," "Weeds"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - TNT’s “The Closer” and Showtime’s “Weeds” enjoyed big season finales Monday, while HBO’s “True Blood” and “Entourage” are off to solid starts.

Mary-Louise Parker, star of the Showtime networks series "Weeds," takes part in a panel discussion at the Showtime 2008 summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 18, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

“Closer” ended its fourth season at 9 p.m. Monday with 7.6 million total viewers tuning in. Although that didn’t match the Season 3 finale of a year ago, when a record 9.2 million viewers watched, the Season 4 conclusion was off only slightly from its fourth-season bow in July (7.8 million).

“Weeds” had its best season finale ever at 10 p.m. Monday, averaging 1 million viewers to top November’s third-season finale (737,000). An 11 p.m. repeat averaged another 337,000 viewers. Combined, the two episodes were up 31percent over the Season 3 finale’s first two airings. That caps a season that started off strong, with a network-record 1.3 million viewers tuning in to the season premiere in June.

The vampire drama “Blood” averaged 1.6 million total viewers at 9 p.m. Sunday, up 24 percent from its series premiere a week earlier (1.4 million). Leading out of “Blood” at 10 p.m., “Entourage” averaged 1.6 million viewers, on par with its fifth-season premiere the previous week.

Elsewhere, the premiere of Nickelodeon’s “Gym Teacher: The Movie,” starring Christopher Meloni, Amy Sedaris and Nathan Kress, averaged 2.8 million viewers at 8-10 p.m. Friday. The movie was the most-watched telecast on broadcast or basic cable for the night among kids 2-11 (1.5 million).

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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