‘Entourage’ Breaks From HBO Pack

Jun 14, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After two seasons of critical praise and a growing cult following, HBO’s “Entourage” finally broke from the ratings muck with a premiere that was 40 percent higher than last season’s average. Sunday’s premiere was seen by 2.7 million viewers, compared with its second-season premiere of 1.6 million and second-season average of 1.9 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Sunday premieres of HBO’s new shows did not fare so well. The critically trashed sitcom “Lucky Louie” was seen by 1.5 million viewers, and “Dane Cook’s Tourgasm,” the reality show that goes behind the scenes of the comedian’s comedy show, attracted 1.1 million viewers.

Despite considerable press about the fate of “Deadwood,” the premiere of HBO’s last full season of the Western was down from last season’s premiere, garnering 2.4 million viewers compared with 2.8 million in 2005.