Even though viewership is down—with only 605,000 viewers tuning in for the second season premiere, as opposed to last year’s 1.1 million—HBO has renewed Treme for a third year, the network sticking to its philosophy that the ratings just don’t matter as much as quality. Also probably a factor: That they’d never hear the end of how they “just didn’t give it a chance,” which they’ll probably to grant it at least one more season in order to avoid. Not that we’re complaining.
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