‘Homeland’ Edges Up in Season-Two Opener

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Fresh off its Emmy win for best drama series a week ago, Showtime’s Homeland returned to an audience of 1.73 million viewers at 10 p.m. Sunday, up 60% from its series premiere last fall.

Compared to its season one finale, Homeland grew 2% in the hour. Across its three plays on Sept. 30, Homeland averaged 2.07 million viewers, up 50% compared to the series debut night and up 2% from the rookie run's finale.

Earlier in the night, the seventh-season premiere of Dexter delivered 2.4 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 3.04 million for the night, increasing 10% versus its season-six bow in both measures.

Dexter and Homeland, which is poised to become the network’s second most-watched series, combined to give Showtime its largest Sunday audience ever.