John Oliver‘s debut as host of Last Week Tonight opened strong with 1.1 million viewers tuned in last night at 11 PM. A second play lifted the show’s total for the night to 1.4 million. The 1.1 mil is an improvement of 51% over the timeslot’s average. For comparison sake: Last week on Comedy Central, which is available in more than three times as many homes as HBO, The Daily Show averaged 1.5 million viewers for its 11 PM premieres and The Colbert Report averaged 1.2 million viewers at 11:30 PM. LWT logged 1.1 million in its initial play off a Veep lead-in of 922,000 viewers at 10:30 PM (which rose to 1.2 million with an additional replay). Earlier, at 10 PM, Silicon Valley tallied 1.6 million viewers in its initial play and 1.8 million with a second play.
HBO’s biggest crowd of the night, however, came at 9 PM when Game Of Thrones climbed to another series high — 6.9 million viewers. That grew to 8.4 million across its three plays. HBO’s other news-skewering series, Real Time With Bill Maher, is averaging 1.2 million viewers for episode premieres and is grossing 4.1 million viewers per show across multiple plays.