TV Ratings: 'Shameless' Brings Series Best Against 'The Walking Dead'

Stiff competition on Sunday doesn't stop the Showtime dramedy from having its best night ever, as "House of Lies" also grows.
"Shameless"  Cliff Lipson/SHOWTIME

It's not easy going up against The Walking Dead -- but despite stiff competition from the season finale of TV's top-rated show, Shameless still scored a four-season high on Showtime this Sunday.

Across three plays, the dramedy brought in 2.8 million viewers. That's the show's best audience in four seasons, topping a high from several weeks ago. During the original 9 p.m. play, head-to-head with the AMC show, Shameless was also just 200,000 shy of its all-time first-run record of 2 million viewers.

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Shameless, which is being submitted as a comedy and not a drama for this year's Emmy race, is currently tracking to have its highest-rated season to date with a gross weekly viewership of 5.7 million viewers. That's up 8 percent from the same period last year.

House of Lies is on par with last year's gross viewership of 3 million weekly viewers, but also spiked on Sunday. With 1.44 million viewers for the night, the comedy was also at an all-time nightly high.

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