"Curb Your Enthusiasm" premiere hits seven year high

Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:18pm EDT

Actor Larry David gestures during a panel discussion for the new season of his upcoming HBO show ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 30, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Larry David gestures during a panel discussion for the new season of his upcoming HBO show ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 30, 2009.

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LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - The ratings for the Season 8 premiere of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" were pretty, pretty, pretty good.

The cable outlet announced on Tuesday that Sunday's premiere was the most-watched episode of the series since March 2004, with a gross audience of 2.1 million viewers between two airings.

The 10 p.m. airing of the premiere drew 1.7 million total viewers, a 53 percent boost over last season's premiere, while 394,000 more viewers tuned in for the midnight re-broadcast.

That's a whole lot of fans of curmudgeonly awkwardness.

Meanwhile, HBO's vampire series "True Blood" -- which began its fourth season on June 28 -- nearly matched the season premiere numbers, sucking up a combined 6.1 million total viewers. Its 9 p.m. airing drew received 5 million total viewers, and its 11 p.m. re-airing picked up an additional 1.1 million pairs of eyes.

The Season 4 debut, by comparison, attracted a combined 6.4 million total viewers -- a 6 percent increase over the previous season's premiere.

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