Monday, July 22, 2024

Good News for HBO: “True Detective” Up by A Lot, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Down Slightly from Last Season


It’s pretty pretty good news for HBO’s Sunday ratings.

First of all, “True Detective” with Jodie Foster jumped in its fourth episode to 720,000 viewers for a season high. These are the people who watched it on HBO, excluding Max, satellite dishes, and tin foil hats.

“North Country” was down the previous week, which seems to be the pattern. The rise of 20 % is interesting because its audience and the Grammys would have been in competition. But it’s all good. Let’s see if they can maintain the numbers with the next episode. To make sure, HBO is putting the show in ice this Sunday so everyone can watch the Super Bowl.

This weekend was also the premiere of the final season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The Larry David comedy returned down 13.3% in total viewers and off by 37.5% in the key age demo– because those people were watching the Grammys. The total number was 420,000 — down 300,000 from “True Detective.”

The “Curb” numbers are fine, though. That’s about the range of last season’s episodes, and at this point you’re either a fan or not!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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