Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, <I>True Blood</i> Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, True Blood

Some recent ratings highlights:

• Sunday night's Season 2 premiere of True Blood drew 3.7 million total viewers, HBO's best audience for a piece of original programming since The Sopranos' June 2007 sign-off. True Blood's numbers represent a 157 percent increase over its series debut, and a 51 percent gain over the first season's finale. 

Jon & Kate this Monday welcomed a mere 2.9 mil into their tense little home. That marks a week-to-week drop of 33 percent and a whopping 70 percent plunge from the heralded season premiere.

• In Week 2, The Closer (6.5 mil) slipped 9 percent, while Raising the Bar (3.5 mil) dipped just 150K and retained a larger chunk of its lead-in.

• Elsewhere on Monday, The Bachelorette averaged 6.8 million viewers over its two-hour run (down 6 percent), while I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! delivered 4.94 mil — a drop of 140K from its most recent outing and its lowest rating for a Monday telecast.