Thompson on Hollywood

The new season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was the most-watched episode in the past seven years of the show’s eight seasons. This is up 53% from the opening of the last season.

What made the difference? "Social assassin" Larry David's viewers were boosted by a lead-in from True Blood. You can't go wrong with vampires. (Video below.)

Here's hoping that the cast will be satisfied with what they got: