HBO‘s series premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels drew 2.1 million viewers at 10 PM last night. That was an OK performance for the show set at a cable news network, which ranks as one of HBO’s stronger drama series premieres of the past four seasons. The Newsroom, which garnered mixed reviews, was ahead of True Blood‘s 1.4 million for its 2008 debut as well as the premieres of Luck and Treme (1.1 million viewers each) and just behind Game Of Thrones‘ 2.2 million in its 2010 bow. Boardwalk Empire tops the list of recent HBO debuts with 4.8 million in 2010. The Newsroom, which averaged 2.7 million viewers across its two airings Sunday night, dropped off significantly from its lead-in, True Blood, which drew 4.7 million viewers at 9 PM and almost 5 million across two airings.
Elsewhere, Lifetime’s Army Wives resumed its sixth season after a break with 3.3 million total viewers, 10% above its the current season average.