December 16, 2013

THE SKED: Homeland & Masters of Sex Finale Ratings


Preliminary numbers from last night’s season finale have HOMELAND setting a new series record with 2.4M total viewers for its initial airing (an additional 500K tuned in for the re-broadcast later in the evening).  Whatever the qualms have been over this season’s creative direction, its viewership has been very solid.

MASTERS OF SEX has been running at 50% of Homeland‘s numbers through most of the season, and that was the case as well last night with 1.2M total viewers.  That’s not a huge number, but it’s up 20% from the series premiere, a sign of strong word of mouth, and it’s a comfortable success by Showtime standards–as well as a major win in terms of critical acclaim.

Both shows have been renewed, but airdates for their return haven’t yet been announced.

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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."