James Hibberd
October 01, 2012 AT 07:11 PM EDT

Did all that Emmy love help Showtime’s Homeland?

It sure didn’t hurt. The second season of the acclaimed drama returned to 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, up a sharp 50 percent from last year’s series premiere (that’s 1.7 million for its first telecast Sunday night, plus another 400k for its repeat). I suspect Homeland‘s audience would have climbed regardless of who won on Emmy night because it’s simply a great and addictive show that’s doubtless been gathering fans over the summer. And having watched the first two episodes, I can tell you that next week is much more intense than last night’s premiere.

The seventh season of Dexter delivered 3 million viewers across two telecasts, up 10 percent from last year. This marks Dexter‘s biggest premiere audience ever. Dexter has managed to grow its premiere rating every single year. So many fan were annoyed by last season, it’s good to see folks were willing to give the drama another shot.

Hey, want to watch the premieres? You can below…

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