Showtime’s “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” couldn’t touch the monster ratings that the season premiere of “The Walking Dead” enjoyed on Sunday night — but they mostly held up to the zombies on AMC.
“Homeland’s” third episode of the season dropped slightly at 9 p.m. dropped slightly, bringing in 1.81 million total viewers compared to 1.83 million last week. The picture brightened when encore viewings at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. are added in: They helped give the “Homeland” episode 2.62 million total viewers, an increase over the previous week’s cumulative 2.5 million.
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“Masters of Sex” also took a slight hit against “Talking Dead” at 10 p.m. The show grabbed 1.04 million total viewers with its original 10 p.m. airing, a decline from the 1.1 million of the previous week’s episode. With encores of the freshman sex-researcher drama added, “Masters of Sex” accumulated 1.4 million total viewers — a modest decline from the 1.5 million accumulated over the previous Sunday.
Not too much of a ratings ding, given that “The Walking Dead” gobbled up viewers like so many tasty brains, racking up 16.1 million total viewers with Sunday’s premiere.