The numbers are in for the premiere of HBO’s high-profile new series "The Newsroom." So what’s the headline — is it a hit or a miss? As it turns out, the Jeff Daniels-led series came in somewhere in the middle, TVNewser.com reports.
The premiere Sunday night had 2.1 million total viewers, a little below "Game of Thrones," which drew 2.2 million viewers for its debut, and far below "Boardwalk Empire," which attracted 4.8 million.
The report notes that "Girls," which was quickly renewed for a second season, attracted only 1.1 million viewers for its debut. It also notes that a half-hour sitcom such as “Girls” isn’t nearly as expensive to produce as an hour drama along the lines of "The Newsroom." That means the Aaron Sorkin-created drama is still a long way from being guaranteed a second-season pickup.
For its encore presentation later Sunday, “The Newsroom” pulled in another 600,000 viewers.