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Compared to broadcast network programming, the “HSM2” audience was equivilent to last season’s average viewership for an episode of CBS’ “CSI” or ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” Disney Channel took advantage of the anticipated turnout by following the movie with a preview of its upcoming series “Phineas and Ferb,” which drew 10.8 million viewers.

The original “HSM” was Disney’s most-successful movie when it debuted to 7.8 million viewers last year, notes Since then, it’s become a cash machine for the network, spawning a best-selling album, DVD, book series, video game, concert tour and upcoming ice show.

HBO takes ‘Flight’

HBO has renewed the new musical comedy “Flight of the Conchords” for a second season, reports

The network also said its Emmy-nominated “Entourage” would return for a fifth season.

“Flight of the Conchords” is a quirky show about New Zealand music-comedy duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie as they try to live and work in New York.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Kelly Jane Torrance from staff, wire and Web reports