The first episode of the Jeff Daniels-starring drama series draws 2.1 million viewers, slightly below the 2011 series premiere of 'Game of Thrones'.
HBO's new drama "The Newsroom" had a good debut despite getting mixed to negative reviews. The series premiere on Sunday, June 24 attracted 2.1 million viewers, taking advantage of its strong lead-in "True Blood" which drew 4.7 million viewers that night.
The "Newsroom" premiere marks the third most-watched series debut on HBO in four years. It places behind "Boardwalk Empire" series premiere which drew 4.8 million viewers in 2010, and "Game of Thrones" series opener which pulled in 2.2 million in 2011.
To promote the Aaron Sorkin-created series, HBO is offering the premiere episode online for free. The show airs every Sunday at 10 P.M. ET. John Gallagher Jr. recently revealed that he and Jeff Daniels will sing in an upcoming episode.