Showtime's new drama "Masters of Sex" saw ratings growth Sunday (Oct. 6) night in its second week despite the fact that its "Homeland" lead-in dipped slightly compared to its season premiere last week.
According to Variety, episode two of "Masters of Sex" drew 1.1 million viewers, up nine percent over the 1 million who tuned in for the series premiere on Sept. 29 when it tied "Homeland" for the second best series debut in Showtime history behind "Ray Donovan." The first-year series drew 1.5 million viewers for the night, also up from last week's 1.4 million.
Meanwhile, "Homeland" was down four percent from 1.9 million to 1.83 million viewers Sunday night for its initial airing. It delivered 2.5 million viewers with encores on Sunday, versus 2.61 million the week before.
According to Showtime, the Season 3 premiere of “Homeland” has been seen by a cume audience of 6.4 million, up 24 percent from the 5.2 million who watched the drama’s second season opener a year ago, while “Masters of Sex” has cumed 5.6 million for its first episode.
"Sex" follows the professional and personal lives of sex research pioneers Williams Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Kaplan). The drama debuted tonight in the UK on Channel 4.
"Masters of Sex" continues Sundays at 10/9 p.m. CT after "Homeland" on Showtime.
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