25 June 2012 12:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Aaron Sorkin’s polemic about the state of TV journalism opened to middle-of-the-road ratings on HBO Sunday night.

The Newsroom delivered 2.1 million viewers for its premiere run. Including its first encore performance, Newsroom tallied 2.7 million total for the night. Newsroom also shed a fair amount of its big True Blood lead-in (4.7 million). All factors considered, if the new drama’s Atlantis Cable News were a real cable network, this would be an MSNBC-size number instead of Fox News-size number, but at least it’s not a Current TV-size number.

The Newsroom audience was bigger than HBO’s last drama series debut, »

- James Hibberd

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