Showtime TV Show Ratings (updated 8/25/15)

showtime-tv-show-ratings-24Since Showtime is a pay-for-view cable channel, the execs aren’t tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels. However, they still have to run programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We’ll have to wait and see.

Scripted Showtime shows listed: The Affair, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Happyish, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, and Web Therapy.

Last updated: Most recent ratings for Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan added.

There’s lots of data that Showtime execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don’t play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here’s an updated listing of Showtime’s recent/current primetime scripted shows.

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A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released (usually a day or so after the broadcasts). The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.

The demo numbers, which are typically most important to the broadcast networks, aren’t quite as vital to cable channels because their audiences are usually much smaller. Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?

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16 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Tom K says

    I don’t care about any of these shows, but WEB THERAPY. Give me MORE WEB THERAPY!!! It’s BRILLIANT!!!

  2. SG says

    Ray Donovan/Shameless are awesome…..1st season Homeland and House of Lies was awesome…steady going downhill however…

  3. Mrsly says

    Shameless and Episodes are why I love Showtime. Finally forgave them for not renewing Dead Like Me for a third season. The Dead movies weren’t that good, but I enjoyedthem.

    Also enjoy Ray, House, and Homeland. I’m watching more Showtime originals than Hbo. Game of Thrones is still the best show on TV. Pay channels are killing the networks.

  4. Jenn says

    Episodes is the best thing on this network. I wouldn’t bother with Showtime if it didn’t have it. This poor show just gets never gets any mention but it deserves so much more attention for it’s quality of comedy. It did waver a bit for a season there, but season 4 was SO much better. Back on top form. From Kathleen Perkins & Andrea Savage’s chemistry, to Matt Leblanc’s timing, to the writing, to the character development, to the fresher feeling of the season, it just all worked again. What an overlooked and underrated show.

    The Affair was fairly decent… but I don’t understand why it was quite so highly acclaimed. (Other than the fact Ruth Wilson is fantastic, always has been.) And I don’t really see where it can go in S2. It seemed like a very good standalone 1-season series.

    MoS season 2 was a wash after Lillian DePaul was knocked off. Boring. There’s only so much I can take of the completely unlikable Masters and his ridiculous, chemistry-less affair. (I know it’s based on a real story but still… It feels forced somehow, despite having 2 great leads.) Gave up on it. Still tune into Shameless if I remember. Again, it’s decent. (Still has nothing on the original UK version though.) Ray Donovan tends to be background noise but I can appreciate its quality even if the subject matter isn’t my interest. Got through 2 eps of Penny D. It seemed to have a lot of initial hype but faded out quickly.

    Homeland needs to go gentle into that good night already. I raved about it S1 & S2, but wow, has it ever worn out its welcome. Put it out of its misery. (But I must be crazy coz apparently 1.65 million people don’t agree with me.) Thankfully Californication and Dexter are over. And Nurse Jackie, again, it is time to say goodbye but I’m glad we have one last season.

    Never seen House of Lies, and never even heard of Web Therapy.

  5. FiveX1950 says

    House of Lies needs to go. Last season it was great. So far this season it’s boring and sucks. Last season I loved all the characters, now I can’t stand any of them. It used to be funny as hell, now it’s a dried up uninteresting drama. This is a total waste of time to watch, and waste of electricity recording it.
    With hit shows like Shameless, Ray Donovan, and Penny Dreadful just to name a few, it won’t be missed.

  6. Malka Rosenberg says

    Absolutely the best tv series are on SHOWTIME –

    MASTERS OF SEX and RAY DONOVAN – 5 stars from me – THE AFFAIR -4 stars.

  7. says

    I find “Masters of Sex” very interesting. It’s very juicy because it’s set in the 50’s and 60’s just before the sexual revolution. I loved seeing the vintage toys that they used in Season 1…so glad Showtime renewed their second season!

  8. Keith says

    I just realized that I watched all of the shows on the list except “Episodes” , “Homeland” and “Web Therapy”. If Showtime ever cancels Shameless, I will cancel my subscription.

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