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“Homeland” Finale Sets Viewership Record, Season Sets Showtime Record

“Homeland” is no longer the critical darling it was in season one, but it remains a big deal with its target audience.

With an initial viewership average of 2.4 million for its 9PM premiere, Sunday’s season three finale ranked as the series’ most watched episode to date. An additional 500,000 tuned into the encore presentation at 11PM, giving the show a series high nightly total of 2.9 million.

Ahead of the finale, “Homeland” was attracting a weekly audience of 7 million across all platforms. It was the first Showtime original series to ever accomplish that feat.

“Masters of Sex,” which wrapped its first season Sunday, drew 1.2 million viewers for its initial 10PM airing. Its nightly total registered at 1.5 million.

Both “Homeland” and “Sex” have already been renewed for next season.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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