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Ratings: Showtime’s “Billions” Rises in Week Two

Episode two of Showtime’s “Billions” bested the television version of the premiere in adults 18-49 and total viewership.

Per Nielsen L+SD cable data, Sunday’s episode posted a 0.27 adults 18-49 rating and reached 950,000 total viewers. The numbers top the 0.24 and 904,000 viewership mark posted by the on-air version of last week’s premiere.

That on-air version, of course, only represented a small portion of the premiere’s reach. Last week’s “Billions” attracted a considerable pre-air audience from early streaming and on-demand viewership.

Still, week-to-week broadcast retention, let alone growth, is never a bad thing.

— “Billions” had help from lead-in “Shameless,” which improved this week despite facing competition from the NFC Championship. Sunday’s “Shameless” drew a 0.75 rating with 1.697 million total viewers, besting the 0.66 and 1.642 million drawn last week.

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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