Showtime swung for the fences last night, with the season premieres of both Dexter and Homeland, its two flagship shows. The end result was a grand slam, as the network drew its largest Sunday audience in its history.
Dexter's seventh season opener landed its best premiere rating in its history, 2.4 million during its 9 p.m. broadcasting, with the total number being 3.04 million when you factor in its 11 p.m. encore.
Homeland jumped 60 percent from last year's premiere, to 1.73 million viewers, which even beat its record-setting first season finale. With its encore, Homeland finished with 2.07 million total viewers.
Homeland unquestionably got an Emmy bump, as it won for best dramatic series and best actor (Damian Lewis) and actress (Claire Danes). It has secured itself as Showtime's best long-term hope, with Dexter in its second-to-last season. It averaged 4.4 million weekly viewers last season across all platforms - DVR, OnDemand, encores, streaming, live broadcast. Its finale was the networks highest rated for a freshman season.
After winning its Emmy's, OnDemand plays for Homeland neared one million views.
Dexter's premiere was up 10 percent over last seasons. It has long been Showtime's best-viewed series and its premiere this season was the networks year-to-date record-breaker. The sixth season averaged just fewer than 5.5 million weekly viewers across all platforms.