‘Billions’ Premiere Sets Showtime Record

Nearly 3M Tune In, Surpassing ‘Ray Donovan’ Numbers

Showtime drama Billions had the best debut in the history of the network’s original series, with just short of three million views.

The show, which officially debuted Jan. 17, benefited from early previews for subscribers, as well as the network’s decision to make the channel free for the weekend for subscribers of several major cable and telco outfits.

Pre-debut viewing delivered 1.6 million views, with 1.4 million more tuning in to the linear premiere. That tops the 2.91 million drama Ray Donovan got, including linear and advance sampling, in 2013.

Read more at broadcastingcable.com.