Ratings: 'Californication,' 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' Premieres Hit Records

Tim Kenneally
The Wrap
Ratings: 'Californication,' Other Showtime Premieres Hit Records, HBO's 'Girls' Drops With Return (Updated)

The season premieres of "Californication" "Shameless" and "House of Lies," turned out to be  potent combination for Showtime on Sunday night, as all three series grabbed record ratings, the network said Monday.

The third season premiere of "Shameless" at 9 p.m. took in 2 million viewers, the series' highest-rated episode to date and a 46 percent boost over the show's Season Two average. The Season Three opener was also up a considerable 26 percent from last season's kickoff.

Also read: Bradley Whitford to Guest on "Shameless" With re-airings taken into account, the "Shameless" premiere amassed 2.6 million viewers, a 26 percent jump over its cumulative total for the Season Two premiere.

The second season of the Don Cheadle-starring "House of Lies," meanwhile, kicked off at 10 p.m. and drew in 1.19 million total viewers -- a series best for the show, and up 43 percent from its Season One average. (Compared to its series premiere, "House of Lies" was up 15 percent.) Overall for the night, "House of Lies" accumulated 1.54 million total viewers, up 33 percent from its Season One average.

The most senior series of the trio, "Californication," also started its latest season on a personal best, drawing a series-high average of 1.07 million viewers with its 10:30 airing, a 48 percent surge over its Season Five average and a 41 percent boost over its previous season's premiere. With re-airings taken into account, the "Californication" premiere amassed 1.3 million total viewers, a 39 percent jump over last season's average and a 26 percent leap over its Season Five premiere.

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