TV Ratings: 'The Newsroom' Grows With Season 2 Premiere

UPDATED: Buoyed by a strong "True Blood," the sophomore run of Aaron Sorkin's drama falls shy of a series record but edges past the 2012 premiere with 2.2 million viewers.
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"The Newsroom"

Aaron Sorkin's Newsroom saw a small boost in its sophomore premiere. The original broadcast of the HBO drama was up 4 percent from the series premiere with 2.2 million viewers on Sunday night.

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The Newsroom hit a previous series high with its freshman closer. The August episode took in 2.3 million viewers, besting the 2.1 million premiere. With an additional play, The Newsroom pulled in a total of 2.6 million viewers over the course of the night.

In the series' corner was a strong lead-in from True Blood. The renewed drama was up to 4.5 million viewers at 9 p.m., making it the most-watched episode this season. The sixth run of True Blood is already grossing north of 10 million viewers across platforms and plays.

The first season of The Newsroom had an average gross audience of 7.1 million viewers.