TV Ratings: Showtime Freshman 'Ray Donovan' Grows in Second Week

After a record-breaking premiere for the cable network, the drama bucks the trend of most new series with a 15 percent jump.
"Ray Donovan"

Showtime continues to see good news for Ray Donovan.

The drama, which opened to a network premiere record of 1.35 million viewers last Sunday, increased by 15 percent in its second episode to 1.56 million viewers. It's the first Showtime series to grow from its premiere after one episode. Replays gave the series a total of 2.2 million viewers for the night.

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And Ray Donovan was in good company. Dexter, airing the second episode of its final season, also rose. The series narrowly bested its 2.48 million premiere with 2.52 million viewers during the inaugural 9 p.m. broadcast.

A week out and Ray Donovan and preliminary data for replay and on-demand give the series premiere a total of 4.25 million viewers. Online sampling and Live+Seven Day DVR data, neither of which have yet to be taken into account, should see the audience move up the dial a little more. The series is pulling in 49 percent more viewers than Homeland did after its premiere week.