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'Family Guy,' 'True Blood' top TV DVD sales, but one misses Emmy boat (guess which one!)

June 30, 2009 | 10:48 am

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Emmy-savvy HBO was smart to release the DVD set of the first season of "True Blood" just before voting commenced in June. In week five, it sold 107,115 units (1,099,995 total, nearly $38 million), according to The-Numbers.com.

"True Blood" came in second place among TV titles for the week, behind the debut of Season 7 of "Family Guy," which sold 273,627 units ($7.6 million). Why did Fox miss its big chance to grandstand with a DVD media blitz when Emmy nom voting commenced? To be consistent with how s-l-o-w its characters notoriously are? (Well, except for Stewie and that upright walking doggie.) This year, "Family Guy" ditched the Emmy race for best animated program in order to make the bold drive to be the second cartoon show ever nominated for outstanding comedy series after "The Flintstones" (1961 – it lost to "The Jack Benny Program"), so it could've used the extra push.

Topping the DVD chart this week when including films to the mix is Oscar-skunked "Gran Torino," which sold 1.4 million units, bringing its total in week two to 4 million ($19 million).

Photo: Fox TV

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