The numbers have come in a little bit early for Sunday night’s lineup on HBO, and overall they have to be rather pleased with the dividends that they received for both “True Blood” and “The Newsroom.” (Read our reviews for the episodes here and here.)
In the case of the latter show, there were certainly some fears that the series premiere in June would be its largest audience it would ever get thanks to some polarizing reviews, but that was not the case — instead, the episode Sunday drew a series-high 2.3 million viewers. Unlike many other networks, HBO does not really need advertiser demos since it relies mostly on subscriptions — therefore, these numbers are really the ones that are most important.
Meanwhile, the end of “True Blood” season 5 drew an audience of 5 million that is also its season high — even if it is down around 50,000 viewers from the end of season 4. It’s obvious here that the series has already reached its peak audience, but the fact that it continues to be such a forth to be reckoned with so many years in is impressive. Both shows are going to be back for additional seasons, and it is to be seen if they can each match the momentum that they built during the past two months on the air. Both shows are also in the middle of some creative shake-ups — “True Blood” creator Alan Ball is stepping down as primary showrunner in order to focus more on development, while “The Newsroom” is bringing in some new writers and sending some old ones on their way.
Did you enjoy these two finales, and what do you think about the ratings? Be sure and share some of your thoughts below! Stay tuned, we’ll also have more on the future of “True Blood” beyond season 5 soon.