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‘Newsroom’ Series Finale Hits a Season High, But Down From Last Year

Aaron Sorkin’s HBO journo-drama delivers the news to 1.6 million viewers on final episode

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The series finale of HBO TV journalism drama “The Newsroom” pulled in 1.6 million viewers on Sunday — a high for the season, but still slightly down from last year’s season-ending episode, which attracted 1.7 million viewers.

Both of those represented a significant drop from the series’ first season finale, which hauled in 2.3 million total viewers.

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The Aaron Sorkin show’s third and final season season is currently averaging a gross audience of five million viewers per episode, HBO touted.

Counting two additional encore presentations, the most-recent — and last ever — episode attracted a total of 1.9 million viewers.

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This season of “The Newsroom” premiered to 1.2 million viewers in November. That total was one million fewer than its previous season had opened to.