'Shameless,' 'Californication,' and 'House of Lies' Premiere to Viewership Highs

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January 14th, 2013

Last night's season premiere of Shameless drew a series high of 2 million viewers at 9pm (up from last season's 1.58 million). Californication also set viewership highs at 10:30 with 1.07 million, up from last season's 758,000 at 10:30.  At 10pm the season 2 premiere of House of Lies also set a viewing high with 1.19 million, up, though only slightly from its previous high set in its series premiere last year of 1.03 million.

Update: here's more info via Showtime:




Hot Off Don Cheadle’s Golden Globe Win, HOUSE OF LIES Tops Sunday Comedies


Last night, the network's Sunday night series returned with their highest-rated episodes ever, up double digits versus their series averages and besting their prior season premieres and season finales. Additionally, SHOWTIME won the most Golden Globes ever in the network’s history, marking the most series wins of any network, and in its freshman year HOUSE OF LIES' Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his lead role.



The third season premiere returned to its highest rated episode ever to-date.

  • At 9 p.m. SHAMELESS delivered 2 million viewers, up 46 versus the series’ season two average (1.36 million).

-        Up +37 percent vs. its season two finale (1.45 million – 4/1/12).

-        Up +26 percent vs. its season 2 premiere (1.58 million).

  • For the night, the series garnered 2.6 million viewers, up +36 percent vs. the season two night average (1.91 million).

-        Up +26 percent versus the season two premiere night (2.06 million) and up +29 percent vs. season two finale night.



The second season of HOUSE OF LIES, starring Don Cheadle, Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy, returned at 10 p.m. last night to its highest-rated episode yet.

  • At 10 p.m., the series delivered 1.19 million viewers, up 43 percent versus its freshman season average (830K)

-        Up 53 percent vs. its season one finale (775K – 4/1/12)

-        Up +15 percent vs. season one premiere (1.03 million).

  • For the night, HOUSE OF LIES cumed 1.54 million viewers, up 33 percent versus its freshman season night average (1.16 million).

-        Up +41 percent vs. season one finale night (1.09 million).



The series continues to top itself six seasons in, delivering record ratings.

  • At 10:30 p.m., the season six premiere attracted 1.07 million viewers, up a massive +48 percent versus its season five average (722K).

-        Up 41 percent vs. its season five premiere (758K).

-        Up +39 percent vs. its season five finale (768K – 4/1/12)

  • For the night, the series delivered 1.3 million viewers, up +39 percent vs. its season five night average (931K)

-        Up +31 percent vs. its season five finale night (984K)

-        Up +26 percent versus season five premiere night (1.03 million).


  • Marcos

    Shameless is addictive! I hope stays for 10 seasons

  • Luke

    I’m sure it helps that it was a Free Preview Weekend for many premium cable channels (at least on DirecTV.)

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  • hope

    it’s everywhere, but given Strong competition, and also the hbo premier week, the result is still impressive.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Luke: if past experience is any guide (and it’s pretty much a lock that it is), viewing via “Freeview” weekends is not counted in the numbers above.

  • RJ

    According to all of the sites, only subscribers are counted.

  • Rod

    WOW! Showtime is getting better and better ratings!

  • Chris

    Showtime was being offered free this past weekend on Time Warner Cable, and probably other providers as well, and you’d think they’d have seen a bigger rise than that, given the massive increase in potential viewers.

    These ratings are simply not the least bit impressive–Showtime has had years to build an audience, has invested a fortune in promotion, and they’ve also made sure they got their share of Emmy nods (don’t think for one minute that didn’t cost them money as well–no, I’m sure they didn’t bribe anyone, but it still costs money to push for those awards).

    They just can’t seem to break out.

  • Steve

    I am glad to see Shameless is starting to get some good ratings, it is an awesome show. It is also great that House of Lies is growing in viewers, because that is quality tv, especially the acting of Don Cheadle.

  • Steve


    The “Free Viewers” are NOT counted on these numbers, only SHOWTIME subscribers. So chill out with your negative comments. All 3 of these shows improved greatly in their ratings, what more could you ask for?

  • PJM

    Cheap bastards at Comcast only gave us the OnDemand channel for free. And cut it off at 10PM. Jerks!

  • Dan S

    I wonder how many people actually did see Showtime last night with the free preview ? I know the numbers announced are subscriber only which is still very impressive. In comparison Girls on HBO got under 900,000 despite winning the Golden Globe for best comedy.

  • Pam

    @Dan S, Girls got under 900,000 viewership for the premiere, but the cumulative ratings were up 42% vs. last year at 1.6 million.

  • hope

    of course it went up, there is a differece bewteeen repeat once and repeat twice

  • rob60990

    They all did better than overhyped flop GIRLS.

  • Bill

    @ Rob60990
    I was beginning to think that I was the only one that thought girls was terrible. lol

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Girls got under 900,000 viewership for the premiere, but the cumulative ratings were up 42% vs. last year at 1.6 million.

    @Pam: yes, but they also had to air it 33% more times on premiere night than last year to achieve that.

  • Dude

    House of Lies is the one of the best comedies on tv. I am so happy the views increased and Don Cheadle won a golden globe.

  • Chris

    There’s nothing in the press release that says they’re only counting subscribers–if the numbers are from Nielsen, how would they even DO that?

    The press release says VIEWERS.

  • Tommy

    “Shameless” is easily my most favorite TV series currently airing. Now lets bring on the season 4 renewal!

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