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Showtime TV Show Ratings (updated 3/24/15)

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, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, and Web Therapy.

Last updated: Most recent ratings for House of Lies and Shameless 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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You can see other networks’ rankings here:
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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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Jenn March 26, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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.


Sarah March 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Shameless needs to go. Why is it still on?


FiveX1950 January 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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.


Malka Rosenberg January 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Absolutely the best tv series are on SHOWTIME –

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


Miller Anderson November 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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!


Keith October 1, 2014 at 2:08 am

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.


kc August 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

RAY DOOVAN is SUPERB…one of the FEW reasons I subscribe; he goes so does my subsdcription in 2015


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