HBO’s cable news drama The Newsroom returned to strong numbers last night.
In its initial 10pm airing the Aaron Sorkin drama averaged 2.2 million viewers, up 5% from the series premiere last summer which garnered 2.1 million viewers, but down slightly from the 2.3 million total viewers who watched the season one finale. Across two plays last night, the season 2 premiere, which was bolstered by a strong lead in with True Blood and its 4.5 million viewers, pulled in a total audience of 2.6 million viewers.
Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom centers on a cable news anchor, his new executive producer, his newsroom staff and their boss as they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships. The drama series stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher Jr, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn. The show’s second season picks up a year later in the days leading up to election night 2012. The News Night staff are being prepared to give depositions in a lawsuit, the circumstances of which unfold throughout the season. Covering the period from August 2011 to November 2012, the new season touches on the administration’s anti-terrorism policy, Occupy Wall Street, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Benghazi and, of course, the primaries and general election.