Cable Ratings: The Newsroom Dips in Week 2, Weeds and Episodes Return Down

HBO’s The Newsroom, despite opening solidly, lost some buzz in its second outing.

The already-renewed Aaron Sorkin drama this Sunday drew 1.7 million total viewers, New York Magazine’s Vulture column reports, down 19 percent from its premiere. And among the coveted 18-49 crowd, the show was down 30 percent (to a 0.7 rating), placing it behind one of those Real Housewives shows and Army Wives.

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Sunday was a rough night for Showtime as well. The final season premiere of Weeds (Really? That’s the mystery shooter?) drew 1.1 million total viewers, up versus the comedy’s Season 7 average but down 27 percent from that opener. Likewise, Matt LeBlanc’s Episodes returned to 486,000 total viewers, down 37 percent from its so, so long ago series debut.

Are you still peering into Sorkin’s Newsroom? And did the Showtime shows’ returns delight or disappoint?

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  1. What about Teen Wolf on MTV?

  2. Probably worth noting that people throughout the country, including many in Washington DC (where The Newsroom may have a strong following) were without power.

    • AJ says:

      Probably not. Ask the TVbythenumbers guys why it doesn’t matter if you don’t know why. One market is not going to drop a show 30% in the demo.

      • Jk says:

        Except it wasn’t just Washington dc. It’s wide swaths of the eastern us and affecting millions of households.

        • AJ says:

          Except it still doesn’t matter because ratings across the board for other shows were not down that much. Trying to say one market is likely to watch more than the others could only count for a few percent at best. This argument does not work.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I really liked The Newsroom, hope it bounces back next week.

  4. kyle says:

    I don’t know what they were expecting waiting SO long between episodes’ seasons. Great premiere though.

  5. MikeyM says:

    I gave up on Weeds a few seasons ago. Way past it’s prime.

  6. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Episodes might have had difficulty as it has mostly already aired all its episodes for season 2 in the U.K. If people wanted to watch it badly enough when it premiered over there a couple of months ago, it’s easy enough to find online. Showtime made a mistake in sitting on it so long.
    Still in it for the long haul for The Newsroom over here, despite Olivia Munn. Sloan Sabbith….seriously, that is a porn star name. Which wouldn’t even bother me as much if she actually looked like a porn star, as they are acting like the character is supposed to be that hot, but in reality, Olivia Munn has the facial bone structure of an insect.

    • AJ says:

      Nielsen Ratings families are probably not as likely to pirate. I’ve heard this argument before and there just isn’t any proof that pirating effects tv show ratings at all. Sherlock does great in the US and it airs a substantial time after it has aired in the UK and come out on Bluray in the UK.

  7. Jared says:

    Why is everyone so upset with the Mystery Shooter on Weeds?!

    I thought it was very clever and unexpected.

    If they would have chosen someone like the “big bad” characters (Guilermo, etc) it would have been too expected.

    • Lauren says:

      I know, I liked that it was him too. I read an unconfirmed rumour before I watched so I wasn’t surprised, but it was clever and it was nice to go back to the beginning, when Weeds was awesome.

  8. Kyle says:

    If Weeds brings back Celia Hodes, it would be the greatest thing ever!

  9. Karen says:

    Really enjoy The Newsroom. I can see why it would skew a little older, though. It’s certainly not for everyone. Glad to see HBO has faith in it and has already renewed for Season 2. I have missed Aaron Sorkin on my TV.

  10. Dan Charp says:

    Because some people like me who want to see Olivia Munn, didn’t see her in the pilot :-(

  11. MJ says:

    Olivia Munn is hot!!!

  12. Robert V Barnes, Jr, Colonel, Infantry, US Army (Retired) says:

    “The West Wing” was previously my all time favorite TV drama until “The Newsroom.” Aaron Sorkin has done it again with a cutting edge, fast paced drama about the failures of our news media to deliver actual news rather than entertainment. Because it comes off, in some episodes, as left leaning, afraid it won’t make it for a second season. However, I’m there for every episode if Showtime is smart enough to bring it back.