October 1, 2012

THE SKED: Showtime’s Big Night

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The Sunday cable numbers will mostly be released tomorrow, but Showtime was in an understandable hurry to get out the fast news about last night’s numbers.

In total audience (the 18-49 demo numbers are still in process), Showtime had its biggest Sunday ever.  HOMELAND, understandably sparked by last week’s Emmy triumph, had its highest-rated episode over, drawing 1.73M viewers.  That was up a rocking 60% from the series premiere last year.  Meanwhile, DEXTER, riding the biggest cliffhanger in the series’s history, had its biggest season premiere ever, watched by 2.4M viewers.

In the only competition that really counts to Showtime, we don’t have HBO’s Sunday numbers yet.  But based on the previous week, Homeland certainly trounced Treme, which was watched by only around 600,000 viewers in its season premiere.  It may have been neck-and-neck between Dexter and Boardwalk Empire, as the latter had a total viewership of 2.6M last week.  We’ll provide more details as the blanks are filled in.


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."