Things are looking good for HBO's new series The Newsroom. The series, which was met with mixed responses by critics (I loved it, for all its idealism), premiered on the pay-cable network Sunday night and managed to impress with a solid 2.1 million viewers. While that's nowhere near the 4.81 million that Boardwalk Empire snagged for its premiere in 2010, it's closer to the 2.2 million viewers that Game of Thrones' premiere garnered last year.
What does this mean for The Newsroom? Well, presumably only good things. In December of last year, Luck's premiere garnered 1.14 million viewers and was quickly renewed for a second season (though it was later cancelled due to the deaths of horses involved in the production). Judging by HBO's habit of quickly renewing shows, it doesn't seem all too unlikely that the Aaron Sorkin-penned series will be granted a second season before long (my money's on sometime this week).
The Newsroom centers on news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) following a heavily-publicized speech in which he declared that America is not the greatest country in the world (gasp). After a brief hiatus which sees much of his employees jumping ship, McAvoy returns with nightly news program revitalized by his old flame, Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer), in which he abandons his former affable demeanor and starts asking hard-hitting questions. Sunday night's premiere revealed that the series was taking place in the past, with the news of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 being the focal point of the first broadcast.
The Newsroom's first season, which will run for ten episodes, will return next Sunday for episode 2, "News Night 2.0."