James Hibberd
July 10, 2012 AT 05:11 PM EDT

So how is Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama holding up?

Not bad — and much better than last week. The Newsroom’s third episode rebounded to deliver 2.2 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, a number that edges out the show’s series premiere a couple weeks back.

You’ll recall that the Sunday night cable news drama delivered 2.1 million for its series opener. The show then dropped to 1.7 million for its second episode (which was on July 1 — a three-day holiday weekend for many viewers). This week, The Newsroom rose to squeak out a bigger-than-ever audience. Still, it’s aways below its mammoth True Blood opening act, which topped cable Sunday night with 4.5 million viewers. At any rate, HBO already renewed The Newsroom for a second season. Also: Over on TNT, Falling Skies continues to perform strong with 3.6 million viewers.

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‘The Newsroom’ premiere review: Did Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series make you mad as hell, or happy as a clam?

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