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HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens Strong, Pilot Available to Non-Subscribers on Multiple Platforms

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2012 at 8:20PM

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years...
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Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom"
HBO Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom"

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years.

Only the 2010 premieres of "Boardwalk Empire" (4.8 million viewers) and "Game of Thrones" (2.2 million) fared better than last night's "The Newsroom." It's also a vast improvement over Michael Mann and David Milch's troubled horseracing drama "Luck," which only drew 1.1 million viewers for its premiere before being canceled a handful of episodes later.

UPDATE: After just two episodes, HBO has renewed "The Newsroom" for a second season.

Much like the recent HBO successes "Girls" and "Veep," the first episode of "The Newsroom" is being made available to non-subscribers on HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com and many Free On Demand platforms. If you get hooked and still can't shell out the big bucks for premium cable, remember there's always HBO Go password sharing.

Check out TOH's review and recap of "The Newsroom" premiere here.

This article is related to: The Newsroom, HBO, Television, TV News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.