James Hibberd
December 10, 2013 AT 07:13 PM EST

No surprise, but worth pointing out: Showtime’s Homeland rose to a season-high audience on Sunday.

Homeland hit 2.1 million viewers for its first airing at 9 p.m., a tally that rose to 2.7 million after its first repeat. The espionage drama has been tracking 17 percent higher than season two so far. Freshman drama Masters of Sex also hit a new high at 10 p.m., with 1.2 million viewers and 1.5 million for the night.

Homeland is closing in on its final hour of the third season on Sunday with a run of episodes that have easily been the strongest of the season (here’s my spoiler-free preview of the finale that ran in EW last week).

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