August 11, 2010 / 2:07 AM / in 7 years

"Mad Men" ratings plunge 24 percent

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Mad Men” might need a new ad campaign.

<p>Cast member Jon Hamm and actress Jennifer Westfeldt pose at the premiere for the fourth season of the television series "Mad Men" at the Mann 6 theatre in Hollywood, California July 20, 2010. The fourth season debuts on July 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Viewership of AMC’s much-hyped Madison Avenue soap has plunged 24 percent three episodes into its fourth season.

Sunday’s episode drew 2.2 million viewers, little changed from the previous week, but down from the 2.9 million who tuned in for the season premiere on July 25.

Season 3 ended up averaging just 1.8 million viewers over 13 episodes, up from 1.5 million for Season 2. The show will vie for its third consecutive best drama Emmy on August 29.

“Mad Men” was dwarfed on Sunday by such cable shows as HBO’s “True Blood” (5.1 million viewers), “Entourage” (2.6 million) and “Hung” (2.5 million).

A&E’s freshman drama series “The Glades” pulled in 3.1 million viewers, and E!’s “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” 2.9 million.

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