Showtime has picked up its new series “Billions” for a second season, just two episodes into its first run.
The Wall Street drama starring Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman has performed pretty well — particularly in delayed and multiplatform viewing. The on-air premiere drew about 900,000 viewers and a 0.2 in adults 18-49, which grew to 950,000 and 0.3 in episode 2.
Including pre-premiere streaming and multiple airings on premiere night, the series opener grew to 3 million. After-the-fact viewing has more than doubled that number — Showtime says 6.5 million people have watched the first episode, a record for a series premiere on the channel. (“Ray Donovan” held the old mark with 6.1 million.)
“Billions” joins these shows that have been renewed for next season.