‘Homeland’ Has Highest-Rated Premiere, ‘Masters of Sex’ Matches First ‘Homeland’ Episode

'Homeland' Has Highest-Rated Premiere, 'Masters of Sex' Matches First 'Homeland' Episode

Thrives despite competition from “Breaking Bad”

Despite competition from “Breaking Bad,” Showtime's “Homeland” returned to its highest premiere ratings ever, and the new “Masters of Sex” tied the debut episode of “Homeland” in 2011.

“Homeland” earned 1.9 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 2.6 million viewers for the night, up nine percent and 26 percent respectively from last year.

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“Masters of Sex”debuted to one million viewers at 10 p.m. and 1.4 million viewers for the night, tying the “Homeland” Season 1 premiere.

“Homeland” also managed to score its best numbers in its first outing without “Dexter” as a lead-in.

Ratings for the premium cable service were eclipsed by those of AMC's “Breaking Bad” finale — Walter White's conclusion netted 10.3 million viewers.

  • Sean Murdock

    Good for Homeland — I thought they were crazy to premiere on the same night as BB's finale. I'll be watching tonight, hopefully.

  • Michael

    Don't buy their BS here. Homeland returned much lower than their second half of Season 2. They hit as high as 2.5 million last year. Cable shows regularly premiere to their highest-rated episode to date. It's Not Good When That Doesn't Happen! Shameless premiered to 2 million in January. Don't blame 1 show for this. Shameless competes against The Walking Dead, big award shows and the NFL Playoffs every year.