July 19, 2011 12:02pm PT by Philiana Ng
HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Outperforms Premiere, TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles' Steady in Ratings
In its second week on the air, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm just keeps going up.
For the second episode of the eighth season, the Larry David comedy improved from its opener last week, becoming the most-watched episode of the series in more than seven years. About 1.9 million viewers tuned in to the 10 p.m. telecast, up 12 percent from last week's premiere, and an additional 556,000 tuned in to the encore telecast at midnight. Cumulatively, Curb Your Enthusiasm lured a total of 2.5 million viewers, up 17 percent to last week.
HBO continued to deliver with another strong outing for summer favorite True Blood, which drew 5.1 million at 9 p.m. and an additional 1.1 million at 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, TNT's The Closer opened with 6.5 million viewers, according to fast national data from Nielsen. Rizzoli & Isles was steady compared to its premiere last week, averaging 6.4 million. Rizzoli & Isles also held in its adult demos (18-49: 1.6 million, up 1 percent; 25-54: 2.2 million, up 2 percent).