The Newsroom: Season Two Ratings

The Newsroom: to be canceled or renewed?While the characters on Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom try to put on a show that attracts big ratings, HBO is doing the same thing in the real world. Will viewers return for season two? Will the series be cancelled or renewed for season three? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Newsroom typically airs on Sunday nights and there are nine episodes this season (vs 10 last year). The cast includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.

Below are the TV show’s ratings for season two, the best way to tell if it will be cancelled or renewed for season three. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so check back to see how things are going:

Final season averages: 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.79 million total viewers.

Episode 02-09: Sunday, 09/15/13
0.7 demo rating (-13% change) with 1.67 million (-5% change).
Season averages: 0.77 in the demo with 1.79 million.

Episode 02-08: Sunday, 09/08/13
0.8 demo rating (+33% change) with 1.76 million (+19% change).
Season averages: 0.78 in the demo with 1.81 million.

UPDATE: The series has supposedly been renewed for a third season.

Episode 02-07: Sunday, 08/25/13
0.6 demo rating (-25% change) with 1.47 million (-22% change).
Season averages: 0.77 in the demo with 1.81 million.

Episode 02-06: Sunday, 08/18/13
0.8 demo rating (0% change) with 1.89 million (+4% change).
Season averages: 0.80 in the demo with 1.87 million.

Episode 02-05: Sunday, 08/11/13
0.8 demo rating (+14% change) with 1.82 million (+12% change).
Season averages: 0.80 in the demo with 1.87 million.

Episode 02-04: Sunday, 08/04/13
0.7 demo rating (-13% change) with 1.62 million (-10% change).
Season averages: 0.80 in the demo with 1.88 million.

Episode 02-03: Sunday, 07/28/13
0.8 demo rating (0% change) with 1.80 million (-4% change).
Season averages: 0.83 in the demo with 1.97 million.

Episode 02-02: Sunday, 07/21/13
0.8 demo rating (-11% change) with 1.88 million (-15% change).
Season averages: 0.85 in the demo with 2.05 million.

Episode 02-01: Sunday, 07/14/13
0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.22 million total viewers.
Season averages: 0.90 in the demo with 2.22 million.

Compared to the series debut a year earlier, the second season premiere of The Newsroom was up slightly in total viewers (vs 2.14 million).


Reference point: Season one of The Newsroom averaged a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.95 million total viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like The Newsroom TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a third season?

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15 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. S. A. JOB says

    Aaron Sorkin is far and away the best writer on TV, and one of the most important. I don’t blame the Conservative right for being upset at him. He clarifies the lunacy that they drag, and are currently dragging this country through…and he does it with their own words and actions, brilliantly hoisting them on their own petard. It is a privilege to watch a master at his craft. I urge HBO to renew Newsroom and extend this privilege. Like fine wine, it takes a little time to be fully appreciated. Election Night parts I and II should be viewed multiple times…and savored.

  2. christy says

    This show’s absolutely the best thing I’ve seen on tv for a long time. Not sure what’s causing the hesitancy about renewing.

  3. Gina says

    Most people aren’t smart enough to even understand what is going with this show – it’s Aaron Sorkin! He’s a brilliant writer, but his shows have complicated story lines and they appeal to smart people, and this one is on HBO. Personally I love it. It’s like getting a peek in to recent history. It’s amazing. Hope it doesn’t go away…but when crap like Vanderpump Rules, and Real Housewives has higher ratings intelligent shows don’t have great prospects.

  4. DG DeVos says

    The Newsroom is one of the brightest shows that has ever been written. It is brilliantly acted, produced and conceived. It should be renewed for at least three more seasons and thankfully HBO has a history of supporting art over ratings as there are fans who aren’t afraid to think as they are entertained.

  5. M Hayes says

    The Newsroom is by far the best show on television. I can only hope that HBO renews it for a third season. The writers, the cast and crew should be applauded for the time and effort they put into each episode; they are gifts for the audience.

  6. Janice Honetschlager says

    Bravo! A hell of an ensemble. Brilliantly written with beautifully drawn characters. Spot on. I come away each week feeling good about watching it. It purges some of the mediocrity out. So much of television is like eating a Big Mac. You feel guilty about consuming it and feel like crap afterwards. If the cast and writers can maintain this quality and energy, I’m in it for the long haul. I will confess to indulging myself again quite often mid-week. NO One is allowed to erase Newsroom from the DVR. To cast and crew. I hope the powers that be are smart enough to see how bloody good third is.

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