‘Shameless’ Coming-Out Episode Gets Most Viewers Ever – Even Against ‘Walking Dead’ Season Finale

SHAMELESS (Season 4)

Mickey comes crashing out of the closet

Showtime’s “Shameless” scored the most viewers in the series’ history, even against a massive finale for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

“Shameless” had 2.8 million viewers for Sunday’s episode, in which temperamental gay thug Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher) came crashing out of the closet in foul-mouthed, violent fashion.

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Season-to-date, “Shamelesss” is averaging 5.7 million weekly viewers, up 8 percent versus last season through the same time frame. It is on course for its highest-rated season ever.

“Shameless” aired opposite the Season 4 finale of “The Walking Dead,” which set a finale record by earning 15.7 million viewers and 10.2 million adults 18 to 49.

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Showtime’s “House of Lies” also had its best night of the season, with 1.44 million viewers for the night. The third season of “House of Lies” is averaging three million weekly viewers, and is on par with last season through the same time frame.