Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep Off to Strong Ratings Start for HBO

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus returned to television on Sunday night in Armando Ianucci’s political satire Veep and early indications are the show is yet another hit for HBO.

The Veep series premiere wrangled up 1.4 million viewers in its first airing at 10pm following Game of Thrones and Girls. It then tacked on another 300,000 viewers in a second midnight airing for a total of 1.7 million viewers in its inaugural night. Launching the series during a political year has turned out to be a wise decision.

Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States. The series co-stars Tony Hale, Reid Scott and Ken Bulcroft.

Speaking of girl power, HBO’s Girls held steady from its series premiere a week earlier with 858,000 viewers. Game of Thrones continues to rule cable with 3.7 million viewers, a slight drop from the previous episode’s 3.8 million, but not enough for HBO to start worrying.

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