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Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ ends first season with series high

“The Newsroom” (Melissa Moseley - HBO)
Despite the best efforts of TV critics, Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama “Newsroom” went out on a high note Sunday night, attracting 2.3 million for the finale’s initial telecast and around 3 million for the night – its biggest audience yet.

The talky, Capraesque drama, which stars Jeff Daniels as anchor of a fictitious cable news show, is averaging a gross audience of nearly 7 million viewers per episode, HBO says.

For comparison sake, the 2008 first-season finale of HBO’s vampire drama “True Blood” clocked 2.4 million viewers for its initial telecast and 3.2 million for the night, and, in 2011, “Game of Thrones’s” first-season mop-up logged 3 million viewers for its initial telecast and nearly 4 million viewers for the night. Both shows are still part of HBO’s lineup, while “Treme,” which in 2010 finished its first season with a first-season finale episode that logged just 931,000 viewers in its initial telecast and 1.4 million viewers for the night, is not.

HBO had already decided back in July to order a second season of “Newsroom,” before TV critics, who seem nearly unanimous in their dislike of the show, descended upon Summer TV Press Tour 2012 to tell Sorkin “how he should flesh out his characters,” as one put it.

Returning the favor, show star Jeff Daniels told the couple hundred critics in the room, “I gotta be honest with you, I completely get why you do what you do — God bless you — but you don’t do it for me, and you never have. It took me a long time as an actor to stop reading you,” adding, “there’s nothing you can tell me, I’m sorry to say, that will help me.”

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