Boardwalk Empire
Steve Buscemi, left, Paz de la Huerta and Chris Mulkey, far right, are among the stars of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ which features meticulous attention to the clothing of the era. HBO

Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and his rule over Prohibition-era Atlantic City is a hit with HBO viewers. So much so, HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a second season, the cable channel announced Tuesday.

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Sunday's 9 p.m. premiere averaged 4.8 million viewers to score HBO's largest premiere of any program in more than six years, according to a release issued by the channel. Additional airings at 10:15 and 11:30 p.m., brought the show's numbers to a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night.

"Boardwalk Empire" is loosely based on local historian Nelson Johnson's history of corruption and crime in Atlantic City.

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