The only episode of the Aaron Sorkin-created drama to draw a larger regular-timeslot audience was its season finale late last August (2.3 million).
With all DVR playback and tune-in on other platforms including HBO Go, “The Newsroom” grossed 7.1 million during its first season, according to HBO.
The show stars Jeff Daniels as the anchor of a fictitious cable news network chronicling real-life events from past years. The second season picks up in August 2011 with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Also on Sunday for HBO, veteran drama “True Blood” — which was renewed for a seventh season on Monday — hit a season high with 4.5 million viewers for its regular 9 p.m. telecast. HBO says the show is grossing more than 10 million viewers this season.