‘Shameless’ Season Finale Scores Showtime’s Best 2016 Numbers

Good thing cable channel paid Emmy Rossum

Last Updated: December 20, 2016 @ 2:16 PM

There is no shame in “Shameless” when it comes to the TV ratings game.

Sunday’s “Shameless” Season 7 finale scored Showtime’s biggest audience of 2016. At 9 p.m., the series landed 1.72 million total viewers, per Nielsen’s Live + Same Day numbers. That’s up 5 percent from the Season 6 finale’s first run.

For another way to look at it, the total viewer tally clocked in 38 percent higher than the Season 7 premiere episode.

“The Affair” at 10 put up 913,000 total viewers — its best performance of the season. Sunday marked the third-straight week of growth for that particular pay-TV drama. With “The Affair” and an encore of the “Shameless” season finale, Showtime ended up with its top overall evening of 2016, too.

Showtime just re-upped “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum after a contract dispute. The actress had held out for the same money as male lead William H. Macy.

“Shameless” has since been renewed for Season 8.