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?