July 15, 2013

THE SKED: Hot Off the Presses – “The Newsroom” Has a Solid Return


HBO’s Aaron Sorkin opus THE NEWSROOM fared well in its Season 2 premiere last night, drawing 2.2M total viewers (plus another 400K for the late-night re-airing).  Demo info won’t be available until tomorrow, but that should translate into a solid 0.9-1.0 in 18-49s.  The total viewer number isn’t quite a series record–the Season 1 finale had 2.3M viewers–but it’s better than the series premiere last year, which had 2.1M, and most of the episodes that followed.  It should also be easily ahead of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, its direct competition, which last week had 1.6M viewers and 0.6 in the demo.  Assuming Newsroom holds at around this level, a third season renewal is all but inevitable.

The Newsroom had a little help from its lead-in, as TRUE BLOOD (itself just renewed for a Season 7–a no-brainer for HBO) had its biggest episode of the season last night in total viewers, up 350K from last week to 4.5M.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."