On the heels of sweeping the Emmys a week ago, Showtime’s Homeland opened its second season with 1.73 million viewers at 10 PM last night, up 60% from its series debut last fall and a new series high for the terrorism thriller, edging the first season finale (1.7 million). This was Showtime’s most watched second-season premiere ever, outpacing Shameless‘ sophomore season opener (1.58 million).
Homeland‘s performance last night was impressive, but how about veteran Dexter, posting ratings records in its seventh season? The serial killer drama drew 2.4 million at 9 PM last night, its most watched premiere ever, to provide a great lead-in for Homeland. Dexter extended its unprecedented streak going up in the ratings in every premiere since the series’ 2006 launch — that is sixth consecutive years of ratings growth. For the night, Dexter averaged 3.04 million viewers, up 10% percent vs. last season’s premiere night; Homeland (2.07 million) was up 50%. The two dramas rank as Showtime’s two highest-rated series.