"Boardwalk Empire" Renewed for Second Season Within 48 Hours of Premiere

Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) on Boardwalk Empire. (HBO)
Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) on Boardwalk Empire. (HBO)

NEW YORK (CBS) "Boardwalk Empire" rolled out its first episode on Sunday, and thanks to early high ratings, the show will get a confirmed second season.

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On Sunday, 7.1 million HBO subscribers tuned in to the three airings of the gangster drama. Those  numbers  led to the HBO action,  according to published reports.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "Boardwalk Empire's" Sunday night ratings numbers marks the best numbers for a debut on the network since "Deadwood" premiered after an episode of "The Sopranos" in 2004.

Early sweeping critical acclaim for  the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot also pleased the network.

On Tuesday, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed a second season renewal, saying in a statement: "All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson's initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese's enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi."

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