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'Homeland' finale delivers biggest audience ever

By James Hibberd, EW
updated 4:57 PM EST, Mon December 16, 2013
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody holds a gun on a driver in a scene from season 3 of Showtime's series
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody holds a gun on a driver in a scene from season 3 of Showtime's series "Homeland."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sunday night's season finale set a new record for Showtime
  • 2.9 million viewers tuned in for "Homeland"
  • The finale was a 27 percent increase from the season 2 finale

(EW.com ) -- The third season finale of Showtime's Homeland set a new record for the series: Homeland had 2.4 million viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere and totaled 2.9 million viewers for the night. That's the show's biggest take ever.

The finale was also up 27 percent compared to last year's closer. Homeland is Showtime's top-rated show and season 3 has now exceeded seven million viewers per week in all cumulative viewing — that's a record performance for the network, even surpassing Dexter.

See our first-blush take on Homeland's big shakeup (and whether the show's ratings will continue to stay high given last night's events) and stay tuned for our Q&A with showrunner Alex Gansa coming soon.

Also last night: Showtime's Masters of Sex finished its freshman run with 1.2 million viewers for its finale premiere and 1.5 million for the night. Quite a big drop-off from Homeland, but the period drama is averaging 4.8 million per episode in cumulative viewing, which is higher than the first season of Homeland. Between these ratings and the show's recent Golden Globes nominations, Showtime is surely optimistic that Masters could grow next year.

See the original story at EW.com.

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