‘Sopranos’ Down, ‘Entourage’ Up for HBO

Apr 10, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The beginning of the end of “The Sopranos” drew 7.7 million viewers to HBO Sunday night, down from the premiere of the previous season, which drew 9.5 million viewers to the pay cable channel.

On the other hand, the new season of HBO’s “Entourage” got off with a bang, drawing 3.8 million viewers thanks to “The Sopranos'” lead in. Last season following “Deadwood,” the premiere of “Entourage” drew a 2.7 rating.

An HBO spokesman noted the network’s shows run several times a week and also are available on-demand, which might account for the lower ratings on Sunday, a competitive night that featured a new episode of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

Last season, for example, “The Sopranos” averaged 8.6 million viewers on Sundays, but over the course of the week averaged cumulative viewing of 13.1 million, plus another 1 million viewers using HBO On Demand.

(Editor: Horowitz)