For what it is — a low-key ensemble comedy with no stars in it, HBO’s new comedy Girls did respectable business in its premiere last night. It drew 872,000 viewers, holding onto 79% of its lead-in, the season finale of Eastbound & Down (1.1 million). Girls‘ debut viewership was slightly higher than that of the last HBO comedy to launch in the time slot, the Ricky Gervais starrer Life Is Too Short, which opened with 810,000 in February despite a stronger lead-in, the season opener of Eastbound & Down (1.3 million). Eastbound & Down‘s finale was down from the premiere despite having 10 times larger lead-in, Game Of Thrones (3.8 million) last night vs. Luck (0.4 million) in February. GOT once again held steady in Week 3 for a total of 4.5 million viewers for the night. Eastbound & Down and Girls‘ cumed averages were 1.6 million and 1.1 million, respectively. Girls, along with new comedy Veep starring Julia Louis Dreyfus, which launches next Sunday, are currently available for free on various platforms. Over at Lifetime, new drama The Client List drew 2.9 million total viewers in its second week, up 4% from its premiere, and also gained 8% in adults 18-49 and 28% in women 18-49.
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