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 / Updated  / Source: Hollywood Reporter

HBO’s racy new series “Tell Me You Love Me” got off to a limp start Sunday night, while the network’s season premiere of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” ranked as the worst in the show’s history.

“Tell Me You Love Me,” which spiced up its depiction of troubled relationships with explicit sex scenes, averaged 910,000 viewers following its 9 p.m. debut.

That was off significantly from the recent series debut of HBO’s now-canceled “John From Cincinnati,” which averaged 3.4 million June 10, according to Nielsen Media Research. However, “John” had the series finale of “The Sopranos” (11.9 million) as its lead-in, while “Tell Me” led out of a “Sopranos” repeat that drew only 519,000 viewers.

“Tell Me” also didn’t help its lead-out, the sixth-season premiere of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which averaged 1.2 million viewers at 10 p.m.

That marks the comedy series’ poorest showing for a season opener. The Seaon 5 premiere, which aired Sept. 25, drew 1.6 million viewers. The show’s most-watched premiere came in September 2002, with the third season opener drawing 5.5 million viewers.

Other recent drama series debuts on HBO include “Big Love” in March 2006 (4.6 million), “Rome” in August 2005 (4.6 million) and “Deadwood” in March 2004 (5.8 million).

At 10:30 p.m., the debut of “Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq,” featuring James Gandolfini interviewing 10 soldiers who survived near-fatal wounds while serving in Iraq, averaged 901,000 viewers.