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Cabler brings in big auds with finales

'Tudor,' 'Treme' go out with a bang

The reign of Henry VIII came to end Sunday night as “The Tudors” wrapped up its four-season run on Showtime.

Premiere of the final episode drew 682,000 viewers, up from the season-three finale. With a handful of viewings throughout the week, show has been averaging nearly 3 million per episode.

The pay cabler also launched reality skein “The Real L Word,” based on the scripted lesbian drama “The L Word” that ended in March 2009. Airing after “Tudors,” “L Word” drew 487,000 viewers combined for its 10 and 11 p.m. telecasts.

Over at HBO, “Treme” ended its first season drawing 931,000 viewers for its original 10 p.m. airing and an additional 515,000 at midnight. The combined 1.4 million viewers is the second highest viewership for “Treme” on a Sunday. Including other weeklong telecasts, DVR plays and video on demand, “Treme” has an average gross audience of 3.2 million viewers per episode, HBO said.

And its second episode of the new season, “True Blood” scored 4.2 million viewers in its initial 9 o’clock showing. That’s down from the 5.1 million who watched the premiere telecast, but not an unanticipated drop from week one to week two.

On Monday, HBO announced it was picking up a fourth season of the vampire drama.

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