Just as the BBC faces its own real-life TV journalism crisis, the second season of 1950s newsroom drama The Hour kicked off on BBC Two last night. Overnight ratings were down sharply from the series’ debut last year. Hitting an all-time low, the combined audience was 1.33M for a 5.9% share, compared to last year’s start of 2.89M and a 12.65% share, according to measurement service BARB. Strong competition came from rival ITV1 which was airing a friendly soccer match between England and Sweden. The Abi Morgan-created The Hour stars Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Dominic West and Oona Chaplin and picks up this year as the Cold War looms. Joining the show this season is The Thick Of It‘s Peter Capaldi as head of news, Randall Brown. The show’s second season starts on BBC America on November 28 at 9PM ET.

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