HBO's 'VEEP' opens with larger audience than 'Girls' premiere

"VEEP," the widely-praised Maryland-made comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, got off to a solid start Sunday night with an audience of 1.7 million viewers for two showings. The 10 p.m. showing opposite AMC's  "Mad Men"  drew 1.4 million viewers.

"VEEP"  drew 300,000 more viewers than the finale of "Eastbound and Down,"  which aired the previous week in that timeslot for HBO.

"Girls,"  another critically-acclaimed HBO comedy, opened the week before with 810,000 viewers in its 10:30 p.m.Sunday timeslot and 1.1 million for two showings.

Based on Sunday's opening-night numbers and widespread critical paise for "VEEP," look for HBO in coming days to announce that it has ordered a second season from creator Armando Iannucci.

 And that will be very good news for the local production community in the Baltimore.

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