'True Blood' Scores Highest Ratings Ever
'True Blood' Scores Highest Ratings Ever
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
True Blood is riding higher than ever, and Sunday's episode, "Let's Get Out of Here," is proof. The episode was watched by 5.53 million viewers, the highest rating in the history of the series. The previous high was 5.44 million viewers with the penultimate episode of season 3.

It's good for True Blood to score big ratings now, because sadly' they're likely to take a big dip in the future. There are only three episodes left in season 4, and one airs over Labor Day weekend while the season 4 finale airs on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

It helped that Sunday's True Blood episode was a good one, and I can think of three reasons why it had the best ratings ever.

Sookie's Magical Sex Dream: Sookie had a cool dream where she had to choose between Bill and Eric, and she chose both. Obviously HBO fans love polyamorous relationships (see Big Love), so the idea of Sookie choosing both men could've aided in the ratings spike.

Jason Got His Groove Back: In the first eight episodes of season 4, the only sex True Blood hottie Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) had was of the disturbing, nonconsensual variety. But this week he got back into the swing of things with some steamy lovemaking in the back of his pick-up truck.

Gratuitous Joe Manganiello Nudity: In a completely gratuitous moment, we learned hunky werewolf Alcide (Manganiello) sleeps in the nude thanks to an unnecessary but totally appreciated butt shot.

So that's the recipe for the perfect True Blood episode to get more viewers: a crazy dream sequence, fun-loving Jason getting down and dirty in public, and gratuitous male nudity.

True Blood airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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