Ratings: ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 8 Premieres to 7-Year High

People still enjoy watching Larry David — no matter how unlikable he makes himself on TV

Last Updated: July 12, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

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.

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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 viewers with its 9 p.m. airing (which received 5 million total viewers) and its 11 p.m. re-airing (which 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.