The Newsroom, True Blood Finale Ratings In: Which Show Hit a Series High?

I don't know about you, but I was a little disappointed by The Newsroom's season finale. Sure, there were some great scenes (the showdown with Leona, the return of "Sorority Girl"), but the rest of the episode felt poorly paced, with the romantic scenes terribly lacking, as is characteristic for the show. 

But regardless of my disappointment with "The Greater Fool," The Newsroom's season one finale managed to nab a solid 2.3 million viewers, the show's highest ratings yet. That's up 17% from last week's 1.96 million, and just a nose ahead of the show's third episode, which nabbed 2.21 million. I bet HBO's not disappointed that it went ahead and renewed the series for a second season back in July. 

The Newsroom's lead-in, True Blood, also did well with its season finale, though it didn't manage to set any series highs. An even 5 million viewers tuned in for "Save Yourself," the show's fifth season finale (and the last with executive producer Alan Ball). It's not as good as the series high -- last year's "Let's Get Out of Here" nabbed 5.53 million, nor does it match the 5.2 million who tuned into the fifth season premiere, but it was about on par for the season, which had been fluctuating between 4.5 and 5 million viewers. 

What did you think of the finales of these shows? Was The Newsroom a letdown for you, too, or did you enjoy it? And what about True Blood -- did the cliffhanger leave you wanting more? 

The Newsroom and True Blood will return to HBO next summer for their second and sixth seasons, respectively. Will you be joining them? 

- The Newsroom (2012)
- True Blood
- Alan Ball

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 27th, 2012, 12:49 pm


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