10:05am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Weeds' Premiere on Par With Season 7 Ratings, 'Episodes' Shy of Freshman Take
Following several weeks of sampling, Showtime officially debuted season premieres of Weeds and Episodes on Sunday night.
Weeds, entering its eighth and final run, brought in 805,000 viewers in its initial airing, pulling in a total of 1.33 million viewers following an encore. That number is down from last year's 1.1 million premiere, but topped its seventh season finale (556,000) and seventh season average (720,000) by significant margins.
The last season of Weeds netted just north of 3.3 million weekly viewers when taking into account encores, DVR and On Demand.
Also up against the night's stiff broadcast and cable competition was the sophomore outing for Matt LeBlanc starrer Episodes. The new season opened up to 486,000 viewers in its inaugural 10:30 p.m. broadcast, reaching 734,000 with encores. The first season of Episodes debuted to 768,000, later averaging 1.9 million across platforms.
Online sampling of the Episodes premiere has thus far reaped 820,000 views, though similar data for Weeds is not yet available.