‘Newsroom’ Debuts to Lackluster Ratings

Apparently viewers expected more from Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama about the sad state of modern American journalism. The show debuted to lackluster ratings on Sunday night, with 2.1 million viewers tuning into the premiere. While it did better than HBO’s last drama series debut, Luck, it paled in comparison with Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, which debuted to 4.2 and 4.8 million viewers respectively. Both The New York Times and New Yorker gave it mostly negative reviews, though former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather wrote that it deserved a little more credit. Meanwhile, Sorkin can’t seem to say anything positive about journalism today, recently sinking so low as to call Toronto Globe and Mail writer Sarah Nicole Prickett “Internet Girl” ... to her face.