The second-season finale of HBO‘s The Newsroom attracted 1.7 million viewers Sunday at 10 PM and 1.9 million viewers for the night. Last August, the series’ first-season finale clocked 2.3 million viewers with its initial telecast — a season high — and 2.8 milllion for the night. Last year’s finale followed the True Blood season ender (2.3 million). This past Sunday, Newsroom’s finale followed Boardwalk Empire (2.2 million). Though Newsroom star Jeff Daniels recently tweeted that the show had been renewed for a third season and HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo, at the TCA Summer Press Tour, told a couple hundred TV critics/bloggers that “the odds are excellent we’re enormously happy with the show… I will be shocked if you would not be hearing about a renewal soon. The numbers this season are surpassing last season” — HBO’s official position until further notice is: “We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules.”

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