Ratings: ‘Homeland’ Hits Series High as Showtime Sets Record for Original Series

Between "Homeland" and "Dexter," Showtime marks first night of airing back-to-back original series that crack 2 million viewers each

Showtime's "Homeland" hit a series high with its Sunday episode — and it helped to deliver a first-time honor for the network, the network said Tuesday.

With "Dexter," in its seventh season, inching up 5 percent from last week to score 2.28 million total viewers, Sunday marked the first time that Showtime has aired two back-to-back episodes of original series that have drawn more than 2 million viewers each in a single night.

"Homeland" drew 2.07 million viewers with its 10 p.m. airing Sunday, jumping 19 percent from the previous week and delivering the highest viewership to date for the series, which cleaned up at the Emmy Awards earlier this year.

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Between its 10 p.m. airing and an encore showing, "Homeland" brought in a total of 2.29 million viewers, making for the highest-rated night of the series, now in its second season.

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Meanwhile, "Dexter" delivered its highest viewership since the seventh-season premiere with its 9 p.m. airing. Along with an encore airing, it drew a total of 2.81 million viewers.