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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Premiere Nabs Show's Highest Ratings in Seven Years

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 13, 2011 at 4:46AM

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.
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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:

Season 8 Trailer

This article is related to: Genres, TV, comedy, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.