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“The Sopranos” Return Down Some

The return of The Sopranos on Sunday night posted solid numbers, but the series was down some from last season’s premiere.

“Soprano Home Movies” earned a 4.3/7 household rating/share and a 3.6/9 A18-49 rating/share, as it was watched by 7.66M viewers.

That is down by 1.81M viewers and 20% among adults 18-49 from last season’s March premiere. Keep in mind, this is technically not a new season. HBO is treating this as the second half of season six. 19 total episodes were produced for the final season.

Entourage though benefited greatly, scoring an impressive 3.76M viewers (2.1/3 household rating/share and a 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share), up by more than 1M viewers over last season’s bow (again, not technically, this is also an extended season–20 episodes total) and well above the roughly 2.4M average of that season.

It’s certainly important to note that while The Sopranos isn’t as strong as it once was (it peaked with 13.43M viewers for the season 4 premiere in 2002) these numbers remain remarkable for a series on premium cable with a coverage area of only 29 million households, a fraction of the more than 111 million TV households in the United States.

Source: [Nielsen Media Research]