A Quick Guide to Homeland’s Ratings

Homeland, developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, is a political TV show which airs on Showtime; the show is an adaptation of Hatufim (‘Prisoners of War’) which is an Israeli TV show by Gideon Raff. The American adaptation stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis; Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer while Lewis plays Nicholas Brody, a marine corp sniper who was held captive by al-Qaeda and who may have been turned into a double agent.

The show has received much critical praise for its exemplary writing, excellent production values and its memorable and intense performances by its leading actors. The show has also won numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama series. The show has earned good ratings for Showtime; its ratings have actually increased in recent seasons, which is unusual for many TV shows. The following is a quick guide to the ratings of the first three seasons of Homeland.

Season 1 Ratings
The show’s first season premiered on October 2nd, 2011 and ended on December 18th, 2011. The first season of the show had only 12 episodes and aired on Sunday at 10:00 PM EST. The very first episode had only 1.08 million viewers–this increased by the first season’s finale, however, which had a total of 1.71 million viewers. The season had an average of 1.25 million viewers per episode.

Season 2 Ratings
Homeland’s second season premiered on September 30th, 2012 and ended on December 16th, 2012. The second season, like the first, had 12 episodes and aired during the same Sunday night 10:00 PM timeslot as the first season. The first episode of season 2 had 1.73 million viewers, which was a significant increase from the season 1 premiere; the finale of season 2 earned a total of 2.29 million viewers. The second season had an average of 1.92 million viewers per episode.

Mandy Patinkin in 'Homeland'
Mandy Patinkin in ‘Homeland’

Season 3 Ratings
The show’s third season premiered on September 29th, 2013 and ended on December 15th, 2013. The third season had 12 episodes but aired during a new timeslot: Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, instead of 10:00 PM. The third season’s first episode earned 1.88 million viewers, while the season’s finale earned 2.38 million viewers, which were both improvements from the show’s first and second seasons. The third season of Homeland saw an average of 1.95 million viewers per episode.

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