HBO’s True Blood and The Newsroom had a solid finish to their fifth and first seasons, respectively. True Blood drew 5 million viewers for its season finale at 9 PM, up a fraction from last week’s 4.93 million and down a hair from the fourth season closer last year, which posted 5.05 million. For the combined two Sunday plays, the episode, True Blood‘s last with creator Alan Ball as showrunner, logged a season high 6.3 million total viewers.
Following at 10 PM, the season finale of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom drew 2.3 million viewers, up 17% from last week for a series high. Also a series high was the series’ cumed audience for the 10 PM and 12 AM airing, 2.8 million. Both True Blood, which averages a gross audience of 11.3 million viewers per episode, and Newsroom (6.7 million) have been renewed for another season.