HBO's 'Newsroom' Premiere Draws 2.1 Million Total Viewers

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June 25th, 2012

The series premiere of Newsroom, HBO's new drama series written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels, was watched by 2.1 million total viewers in its initial airing on Sunday. A total of 2.7 million viewers watched one of the two telecasts of the episode on Sunday night. This is slightly below the 2011 series premiere of Game of Thrones, which averaged 2.2 million total viewers, but significantly higher than the first episode of True Blood, which had 1.4 million total viewers in 2008.

  • jmag

    Solid show…will keep watching. Pretty good ratings.

  • Colin

    Thats bad numbers with True Blood as a Lead-In.

  • John A

    Yeah not great numbers for its first episode. Especally with a good lead in.

  • A

    Flop tbh. True Blood gets 5 million. Only 2 million of the true blood viewers stayed tuned it.

  • Angela Lansbury

    To be sure, that show about uncouth vampires is not a very compatible lead-in with a dialogue-heavy show about broadcast journalism. Perhaps HBO expected these numbers.

  • bluelp85

    Doubt that many stayed, the two shows aren’t really compatible with each other. I know I don’t watch True Blood but checked in for Newsroom so could just imagine how few True Blood watchers kept it on. It was slow to get going even with Sorkin’s fast dialogue, but a good solid show.

  • MJDB

    Get Jim Carrey back on board, and do a Dumb and Dumber sequel! LOL

  • Nathan

    Considering it was better than True Bloods Series Premiere and slightly below Game of Thrones, I’m pleased. Don’t have HBO but watched it and it was pretty solid. A bit rough at time but still enjoyable.

  • James

    Didn’t watch. I’ve never watched any Aaron Sorkin shows, but it seems like they are all just behind the scenes shows. Lol. Jk. But I might watch this cause it has Jack McCoy

  • Barbarossa

    The real interesting test will be if HBO putting the episode up on Youtube will help or harm next weeks numbers.

    Despite some harsh reviews from Critics I really enjoyed it and will be tuning in again

  • kariato

    Good show. I watched an interesting interview by HBO head and what they said was it about subscriber retention rather than ratings. It might not be bad if it is a different audience leads to a different set of subscriber retention. Also I imagine a show mainly set in a studio has a much lower cost than a Game of Thrones or Broadwalk Empire. I really liked it and it may keep me subscribed for a few more months.

  • Chris

    Not bad, not great.

    And frankly, that’s my assessment of the show as well.

  • Rod

    I think that’s a pretty good start — hopefully it’ll stay around the 1.7 to 2.0 million viewers.

  • peter

    Newsroom won’t go much higher because it doesn’t have the elements found in GoT and TB (fantasy, mythology, adventure, sex, blood and fights,…).

    I can see Newsroom settling around 1,5 million viewers. Which is good compared to Luck or Treme.

  • SarahL

    I thought it was very good. I will be watching again and if it remains solid I will keep my subscription past True Blood. However, I have a real problem with the lack of diversity among the main characters. Veep, Girls, now Newsroom, I am beginning to see an ugly trend at HBO when its executives should know better.

    I agree with the people who point out that it is not compatible with True Blood. The shows are just way too different.

  • peter

    game of thrones premiered in 2011

  • Bongstradmaus

    It’s a prestige show, it could pull a 0.0 and still get 12 Emmys come awards time.

    I thought the show was awesome, I can’t wait to see the next episode. The acting and writing were all what you’d expect from Sorkin.

    However, it makes me wonder about the logic of True Blood as a lead in…talk about 2 entirely different demographics.

  • James

    “It’s a prestige show, it could pull a 0.0 and still get 12 Emmys come awards time.”
    The reviews have been mostly bad

  • Obvious1

    Here’s hoping this show will be around as long as HBO’s ‘Luck’. I can’t think of a bigger hollywood hack than Sorkin.

  • j

    Yeah, the reviews for True Blood are actually way better than the reviews for this show.

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