‘Shameless’ Is Showtime’s Biggest Drama Debut in Seven Years
Showtime's Californication delivered its highest season premiere Sunday, drawing 848,000 viewers at 9 p.m. for its fourth season opener.
Its Season 3 premiere attracted 27,000 fewer viewers (821,000). The series did not receive its typical Dexter lead-in.
Matt LeBlanc's latest, Episodes, performed well following Californication at 9:30 p.m., grabbing 768,000 viewers. Most importantly, the half-hour comedy had 91% retention from the David Duchovny-starrer.
New hourlong comedy Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, was the network's biggest debut for a drama series in seven years, with 982,000 viewers at 10 p.m. Dead Like Me was higher with 1.11 million. (The Hollywood Reporter spoke with co-star Justin Chatwin recently about the series.)
Showtime also had its free preview weekend, but these numbers only pertain to subscribers.