December 21, 2011

THE SKED: “Homeland” Finale Blows Up (In A Good Way)

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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All the buzz and acclaim for Showtime’s HOMELAND started to pay off in the ratings for its season finale, which climbed from the show’s usual 0.4-0.5 level to a 0.7.  That’s still no blockbuster, but in the mostly tiny world of pay-cable ratings, an increase of 40-50% is no small deal.  The show also hit its stride in total viewers, rising from 1.1 million in the series premiere to 1.7 million.  (Numbers are for the initial airing only; additional viewers watched the later runs on Sunday and will continue to add up through the week.) 

The DEXTER season finale remained higher than Homeland, but more in keeping with its season average, with a 1.0 rating and 2.2 million viewers.  
Meanwhile, without THE WALKING DEAD as lead-in, AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS has found itself on a railroad track leading straight off a cliff:  the 1.9 rating of its premiere has dropped by a jaw-dropping nearly 70% to 0.6 in both of its last 2 airings.  

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."