HBO has no problem giving new shows the benefit of the doubt. Earlier this year they renewed their freshman series “Treme” for a second season after one episode and they’re doing the same with “Boardwalk Empire”. A mere 48 hours after its premiere the heads of the network have sent out a press release announcing their decision to keep the show on their roster for another year.

When they brought back “Treme,” it was a huge leap of faith considering the ratings weren’t through the roof, a problem “Boardwalk Empire” doesn’t have. According to THR, its Sunday night debut “was the premium network’s most-watched premiere of any program in six years — since “Deadwood” in 2004″ After factoring in the first time airing and two repeat episodes, the show brought in a total of 7.1 million viewers.

“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,” said Lombardo.  “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.”

We’re not surprised by their decision one bit. “Boardwalk Empire” will be the one to watch next awards season (watch out “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad“). It’s like nothing else on TV right now. It has a real cinematic quality that’s only emphasized by its cast of acclaimed stars including Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, and Golden Globe nominees Buscemi and Michael Stuhlbarg.

“Boardwalk Empire” airs Sundays at 9 pm.

Did you watch Boardwalk Empire on Sunday? Do you think it deserves a early second season pick up?