Showtime's 'Homeland' Renewed for Third Season

Oct. 21 Episode Marks Terrorist Drama's Most-Watched Installment to Date

Showtime has renewed its Emmy-winning drama Homeland for a third season.

The third season of the thriller starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, both Emmy winners for their roles in the series, will consist of 12 episodes, with production to begin in spring 2013.

Homeland delivered its highest-rated episode ever with its most recent episode, as the Oct. 21 installment averaged 1.75 million total viewers at 10 p.m., just above the 1.73 million who tuned in for the second season premiere on Sept. 30.

The season-two debut episode has since garnered 5.2 million viewers across all platforms including live+7 DVR viewing and on demand, up 25% from the 4.1 million who saw the series premiere.