TV Ratings: 'Homeland' Finale Brings Series High 2.4 Million Viewers
The controversial episode tops the previous record set in season two, while freshman "Masters of Sex" wraps up 21 percent improved from its premiere.
The third season of Homeland came to a close on Sunday night, edging past a previous record for a total of 2.4 million viewers at 9 p.m. Grossing 2.9 million viewers with an encore, it now ranks as the series' most-watched night to date.
Homeland's latest averages have it pulling in a total of 7 million weekly viewers with DVR, On Demand and encore plays. That makes it the series' most-watched season to date. A previous first-run record for Homeland was set with the second season's penultimate outing, which brought in 2.35 million viewers.
The 7 million average is of particular note for Showtime, as it now ranks as the biggest weekly viewership of any original series in network history. It outpaced closest runner-up, the eighth and final season of Dexter, by 13 percent through the same time period.
As for freshman Masters of Sex, the show averaged 1.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. -- up 21 percent from its series premiere in September. The episode pulled 1.5 million viewers for the night. And it is currently pacing with 4.8 million weekly viewers, making it the most-watched first season in Showtime history.