"True Blood" continues to draw an audience in its sixth season.

4.5 million viewers tuned in to the season opener of the HBO series on Sunday night, a number down significantly from last year's 5.2 million but nevertheless a solid debut which even slightly bested the Season 3 bow of the network's "Game of Thrones" back in March (the wildly-popular fantasy series snagged an audience of 4.4 million in its premiere).

One factor in the ratings drop this year may have been Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which aired opposite "True Blood" last night and which may have at least partially contributed to the sag (the Season 5 premiere was not faced with the same match-up).

You can check out Liane's recap of last night's episode here.

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