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The Newsroom Premieres to 2.1 Million

Aaron Sorkin’s polemic about the state of TV journalism opened to fairly strong ratings on HBO last Sunday night. The Newsroom delivered 2.1 million viewers for its premiere run and a total of 2.7 million for the night, with the inclusion of it first encore performance. 

Despite many media outlets’ best attempts to highlight that The Newsroom shed a fair amount of its big True Blood lead-in (of 4.7 million) after they slammed the show before its airing, given the complete lack of cross-over between the two audiences, the numbers are solid. The ratings far surpassed the debut of HBO’s last drama Luck, which premiered to 1.1 million last January and fell only 100,000 short of the pilot episode of Game of Thrones which already had a broad appeal due to the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series. 

Given that the aforementioned Luck and fellow drama series Treme (which also premiered to 1.1 million) were both hastily renewed by HBO for a second season, The Newsroom’s numbers already seem to favor a second season pickup before long.

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