Showtime set ratings records Sunday night for the season premieres of “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Californication” while HBO’s “Girls” also saw improvement from its series debut.
Hourlong comedic drama “Shameless” drew 2 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, according to Nielsen, improving from the 1.5 million who watched the season-two debut a year ago. For the night, “Shameless” garnered 2.6 million viewers.
Second-year comedy “House of Lies” also earned a series best with 1.1 million for the 10 p.m. airing and 1.5 million over multiple telcasts. And “Californication,” which began its sixth season, drew just over 1 million at 10:30, up from last year’s 758,000 for the same time period.
Numbers are impressive in that each series competed against the live NBC Golden Globes telecast on the East Coast and a delayed Globes airing on the West Coast.
Showtime offered a free weekend preview to approximately 80 million viewers, but these numbers include only Showtime subscribers.
HBO’s “Girls” debuted to 866,000 for its 9 p.m. telecast Sunday in its season-two premiere. Over three telecasts, “Girls” garnered 1.6 million viewers, 42% higher than the two showings for the series debut in April. HBO Laura Dern laffer “Enlightened” drew 609,000 across three plays.