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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

'Curb' gets highest ratings in five years

'Seinfeld' reunion story line kicked off Sunday

By Nellie Andreeva

Sunday's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode, which kicked off a story line reuniting "Curb" mastermind and "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David with his "Seinfeld" cohorts, delivered the HBO comedy's best performance in more than five years.

"Curb," featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, drew 1.6 million viewers in its first airing at 9 p.m. and cumulative 2.6 million when the same-night rerun is factored in.

That is "Curb's" best performance in more than five years, since March 14, 2004.

"Curb's" ratings gain boosted freshman comedy "Bored to Death," which nabbed its largest audience to date, 1.1 million viewers, up 51% from last week. (The total grew to 1.5 for the two Sunday airings of the show combined.)

At 10:30 p.m., "Entourage" ended its sixth season on a high note, drawing 2.5 million viewers, up 21% when compared with last season's finale, and 3 million viewers overall when combined with the 11:45 p.m. re-airing.Cur