Saturday, February 19, 2022

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' premiered October 15, 2000 to a 2.1 HH rating and 3.1 million viewers, but tumbled in its second week to 1.8 million and was reported to have averaged 1.2 million viewers in its first 10 episodes (but I don't have enough information to verify this). A second season aired in fall 2001 with most of its episodes airing on the same nights as HBO's huge miniseries 'Band of Brothers'. HBO's ratings in this time were very high in-general, so the majority of the season 2 episodes were not in the weekly top 5, and as a result: only data for 2 of the season's episodes are available. Assuming the numbers for those episodes are in-line for the rest of the season, it looks like the show performed much better than it did in first, likely in the mid-2 millions. The third season (2002) represented the peak of the show's performance, airing behind the highest-rated season of 'The Sopranos' where it took full advantage - averaging about 4.5 million viewers. It also received a slight boost in its fourth season (3.1 million) which initially aired behind the final season of 'Sex and the City' with the last 2 episodes airing behind the fifth-season of 'The Sopranos.' The numbers crumbled after that though, to 1.3 million in 2005 (airing behind the moderately-rated 'Rome'), and to 965,000 in 2007 (where it had no notable lead-in). It managed to pick up steam in the next two seasons, averaging about 1.2 million 2009 and just under 2 million in 2011, but then took a 6-year break and returned back down just over 1 million in fall 2017. It declined even further in 2020 (663,000) and fell to its lowest numbers ever in 2021 (441,000). There is no word yet on the status of a 12th season. Note: due to the lack of data available, the viewership average for season 6 comes from an official published source (The Los Angeles Times).

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 1 & 2 Ratings (2000 & 2001)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Oct. 15, 20003.12.1
Oct. 22, 20001.8-
Oct. 29, 2000-1.8
Oct. 14, 20012.9361.8
Oct. 21, 20012.6121.8

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 3 Ratings (2002)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Sept. 15, 20025.5283.5
Sept. 22, 20024.5532.8
Sept. 29, 20023.8412.7
Oct. 6, 20024.5452.8
Oct. 13, 20024.4292.7
Oct. 20, 20024.0112.8
Oct. 27, 20023.8202.3
Nov. 3, 20024.5893.1
Nov. 10, 20024.8103.1
Nov. 17, 20024.7313.1
Average4.4862.9

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 4 Ratings (2004)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Jan. 4, 20043.2671.9
Jan. 11, 20042.63-
Jan. 18, 20042.53-
Jan. 25, 2004--
Feb. 1, 20041.5201.1
Feb. 8, 20042.0511.4
Feb. 22, 20045.0943.0
Feb. 29, 2004--
Mar. 7, 20044.3602.7
Mar. 14, 20043.3612.1
Average3.102.0

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 5 Ratings (2005)
Episode DateViewers (millions)HH rating
Sept. 25, 20051.55-
Oct. 2, 20051.3571.0
Oct. 9, 20051.4820.9
Oct. 16, 20051.3780.9
Oct. 30, 20051.1110.7
Nov. 6, 20051.1780.8
Nov. 13, 2005--
Nov. 20, 2005--
Nov. 27, 2005--
Dec. 4, 20051.1-
Average1.310.9

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 6 Ratings (2007)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 9, 20071.17-
Sept. 16, 2007--
Sept. 23, 2007--
Sept. 30, 2007--
Oct. 7, 2007--
Oct. 14, 2007--
Oct. 21, 20070.8750.5/1
Oct. 28, 20070.9380.4/1
Nov. 4, 2007--
Nov. 11, 20071.0750.5/1
Average0.965-

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7 Ratings (2009)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Sept. 20, 20091.1180.5/1
Sept. 27, 20091.0500.6/1
Oct. 4, 20091.5620.7/2
Oct. 11, 20091.1930.5/1
Oct. 18, 20091.0770.5/1
Oct. 25, 20091.0510.4/1
Nov. 1, 20090.9810.4/1
Nov. 8, 20090.9790.3/1
Nov. 15, 20091.2570.5/1
Nov. 22, 20091.3340.6/1
Average1.1600.5

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 Ratings (2011)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jul. 10, 20111.7130.9
Jul. 17, 20111.9130.8
Jul. 24, 20112.3721.0
Jul. 31, 20112.1041.0
Aug. 7, 20112.0510.9
Aug. 14, 20112.3051.1
Aug. 21, 20112.0781.0
Aug. 28, 20111.8710.9
Sept. 4, 20111.4250.6
Sept. 11, 20112.0401.0
Average1.9870.9

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 Ratings (2017)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Oct. 1, 20171.5430.52
Oct. 8, 20171.1260.39
Oct. 15, 20171.1230.40
Oct. 22, 20171.1050.38
Oct. 29, 20170.8000.26
Nov. 5, 20170.8280.30
Nov. 12, 20170.8800.30
Nov. 19, 20170.9100.30
Nov. 26, 20170.9670.31
Dec. 3, 20170.8810.30
Average1.0160.35

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Ratings (2020)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Jan. 19, 20200.7080.22
Jan. 26, 20200.6830.17
Feb. 2, 20200.5770.14
Feb. 9, 20200.4410.12
Feb. 16, 20200.6630.15
Feb. 23, 20200.6350.15
Mar. 1, 20200.6450.17
Mar. 8, 20200.7470.17
Mar. 15, 20200.6910.17
Mar. 22, 20200.8430.25
Average0.6630.17

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11 Ratings (2021)
Episode DateViewers (millions)18-49 rating
Oct. 24, 20210.4860.08
Oct. 31, 20210.4090.07
Nov. 7, 20210.3700.08
Nov. 14, 20210.5270.11
Nov. 21, 20210.4050.08
Nov. 28, 20210.5410.11
Dec. 5, 20210.4230.09
Dec. 12, 20210.4240.08
Dec. 19, 20210.3710.08
Dec. 26, 20210.4500.10
Average0.4410.09

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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