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Disappointing Debut for HBO’s ‘Tell Me’, Slow Start for ‘Curb’

HBO’s new original series Tell Me You Love Me (click here to read my favorable early look/review of the series) failed in delivering strong ratings to the network in its Sunday night debut.

The new series delivered only 910,000 viewers, with more than half of the viewers over the coveted A18-49 demographic, though the rating in that demo isn’t as important to HBO since they don’t sell advertising.

The viewer tally was also significantly below the series premiere of the now-canceled John from Cincinnati (3.42M viewers – though it did decrease to an average of just over 1 million viewers a week), and even below the series premiere of the lowly-rated, but renewed, Flight of the Conchords (1.20 million viewers).

‘Tell Me’ also deflated the sixth season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Larry David comedy managed only 1.17 million viewers, the lowest season premiere number ever, a mark previously held by the fifth season opener (1.55 million viewers) back in September of 2005.

In other HBO news, the debut of Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq at 10:30 p.m. drew 901,000 viewers. The program features 10 wounded soldiers who served in Iraq being interviewed by James Gandolfini (also executive producer).Tell Me You Love Me airs on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on HBO, while Curb Your Enthusiasm airs at 10:00 p.m.

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