Showtime's 'Borgias' Outperforms 'Tudors' in Ratings

"The Borgias"

Showtime’s family saga The Borgias ended its first season on a good note.

Sunday’s season finale drew 810,000 total viewers at 10 p.m. With encores, Borgias snagged 1.12 million viewers for the night. (The Jeremy Irons drama premiered with 1.06 million tuning in to its two-hour debut in early April.)

Including On Demand, DVR and encores, Borgias topped the highest-rated season of The Tudors (Season 2, 2.7 million) by 20 percent, averaging 3.3 million weekly viewers.

To compare, freshmen series Shameless and The Big C averaged 3.8 million and 3.5 million, respectively.

Production begins on the 10-episode second season this summer to air next year.

Borgias marks the fourth freshman series (The Big C, Shameless and Episodes were the others) launching under new entertainment president David Nevins.