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‘Ballers’ caps off 1st season as most watched comedy on HBO in 6 years

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Despite being placed in a difficult time slot and being pitted against the likes of AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead,” HBO’s burgeoning series, “Ballers,” has managed to do what no show on the network has done in six years.

The comedic look at the lives of football players starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently ended its inaugural season as the most watched half-hour show on the network since 2009.

According to Nielsen, the series, which benefited from a lead-in by the wildly popular “True Detective” for most of its run, averaged a gross weekly multi-platform audience of just under nine million viewers per week, that number puts it right behind the first season of “Hung” (9.3 million) and “Sex In the City” (10.3 million) to place third on HBO’s all-time comedy list.

“Ballers,” which also stars John David Washington, Omar Miller, London Brown and Rob Corddry, is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and was renewed for a second season after less than a month on the air.