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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/24/2012

HBO’s ‘Veep’ debuts with 1.4 million viewers

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep.” (Bill Gray - HBO)
New Washington-set comedy “Veep” debuted Sunday night to 1.4 million viewers on HBO.

The number is up by 34 percent compared to the season average for “Eastbound & Down,” which formerly occupied the 10 p.m. timeslot, HBO noted on Tuesday.

“Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a bumbling vice president, was seen by 1.7 viewers total for the night, as it copped 296,000 viewers for an encore showing later that night.

For comparison’s sake, fantasy series “Game of Thrones” — the lead-in for “Veep” — scored 3.7 million viewers on Sunday. Lena Dunham dramedy “Girls,” which aired at 10:30 p.m., saw 858,000 people tune in.

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