Sunday was a particularly good night for Showtime. After the pay cabler won four Golden Globes – the most ever in its history – the return of its three shows all posted best-ever ratings.
The third season debut of Shameless’ was its highest-rated episode to date: The 9 p.m. comedy attracted 2 million viewers, up 46% versus its season two average of 1.36 million.
The second season return of House of Lies at 10 p.m. also lured its biggest audience ever, at 1.19 million. That was up 43 percent versus its freshman season average. And at 10:30, Californication delivered record ratings. At 1.07 million, it was up 48% versus its season five average.
At Sunday’s Golden Globes, Homeland took the prize for best drama, while stars Damien Lewis and Claire Danes also won in their categories. Don Cheadle won a Globe for House of Lies.