Series Premiere Ratings for Showtime’s “House of Lies” + Season Premiere Ratings for “Shameless” & “Californication”

Note: though Showtime had a “Free Preview Weekend” the numbers below *do not* include any non-subscriber viewing – the ratings below are based on Showtime subscribers only.

via press release:


House of lies debuts to 1.6 million viewers,

 SHAMELESS Returns To Its Highest-Rated Premiere Ever –

Up 61% Vs. Season One



House of lies Premiere at 10PM

  • Under the stewardship of SHOWTIME Entertainment President David Nevins, HOUSE OF LIES becomes the network’s sixth consecutive hit freshman series – on the heels of successful launches for THE BIG C, SHAMELESS, EPISODES, THE BORGIAS and HOMELAND.


  • HOUSE OF LIES debuted to 1.6 million viewers for the night, besting the season one premiere night for HOMELAND by 13 percent (1.38 million).


  • The series premiere of HOUSE OF LIES was made available online and via affiliate On Demand channels during the holidays (as of Dec. 27), and to-date has delivered over 1.2 million viewers* 3

*Final online stats will be available in the upcoming weeks.


10:00 p.m.                                       1.03 million viewers

12:00 a.m.                                         384,000 viewers

1:00 a.m.                                          146,000 viewers

Online/On Demand Sampling         1.2 million viewers


Total                                           2.76 million viewers



SHAMELESS Premiere at 9PM


  • SHAMELESS’ second season debut marked the series’ highest-rated premiere ever, up 61 percent  vs. its season one premiere.


  • SHAMELESS season two premiere also debuted higher than its season one finale, up 37 percent (vs. 1.16 million).


  • SHAMELESS is Showtime’s youngest skewing show, with nearly 40% of the audience under age 35. Season one averaged 3.8MM viewers per week across platforms, and the series now ranks as the No. 3 rated series for the network.


9:00 p.m.             1.58 million viewers (+61% vs. last year’s premiere 982K)

11:00 p.m.           475,000 viewers


Total                   2.06 million viewers





  • The season five premiere of CALIFORNICATION delivered 1.03 million viewers for the night, besting its season four finale by 22 percent.


  • 76% of the weekly viewing to CALIFORNICATION in Season 4 occurred after its Sunday airing – the average weekly number across replays, DVR and On Demand for the series was 2.5 million viewers.



10:30 p.m.          758,000 million viewers

12:30 p.m.           267,000 viewers


Total                   1.03 million viewers

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