Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premiered on Sunday night to 2.1 million total viewers, landing it well above the audience for HBO’s most recent — and quickly/briefly-renewed — drama debut, Luck (which drew 1.1 mil), and just shy of Game of Thrones‘ own series launch (2.2 mil).
Newsroom‘s 10 pm audience pales versus what Boardwalk Empire bowed to (in 2010) but trumped True Blood‘s 2008 series premiere audience of 1.4 mil. And if only because someone else is bound to note it, The Newsroom drew half of what Sorkin’s ill-fated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip series finale netted for NBC almost exactly five years ago.
Setting the table for Sorkin & Co, True Blood did 4.7 mil, Vulture reports. Factoring in its Sunday night encore, Newsroom‘s premiere audience grew to 2.7 million total viewers.
Elsewhere in available Sunday cable numbers, Lifetime’s Army Wives resumed its sixth season with 3.3 million total viewers, a 10 percent increase over the current season average. Though flat with the Adults 18-49 crowd, the drama saw gains in the 25-54 (up 15 percent) and Women 18-49 (up 7 percent) demos.