January 09, 2012 12:20pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Shameless' Season 2 Premiere Jumps in Ratings, 'House of Lies' Starts Strong
House of Lies opened to more than 1 million viewers during its premiere broadcast, but the bigger story from Showtime's Sunday night is the viewership bump for Season 2 of Shameless.
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The sophomore series opened 37 percent higher than its last finale and 61 percent from its 2011 series debut, taking in nearly 1.6 million viewers during its 9:00 p.m broadcast. The 11:00 p.m. encore added an addition 475,000 viewers to the night's total of 2.06 million.
With DVR and encores, Season 1 of Shameless averaged 3.8 million, making it the network's third highest-rated program.
At 10:00 p.m., the premiere of House of Lies broke 1 million viewers, a strong debut by network standards. Encores at 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. (along with the measured 1.2 million in online/on demand sampling) puts the premiere views at 2.76 million as of Monday morning.
Californication concluded the Sunday line-up, down from its 2011 premiere to 758,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. Adding the 12:30 a.m. encore, the series' total viewers for the night hit 1.03 million.
Showtime likely posted even higher numbers on Sunday, as the network was running a free preview over the weekend, but ratings only measure paid subscribers.