Sunday night, Showtime’s new comedy series House of Lies premiered to strong numbers. The Don Cheadle-starring comedy debuted to 1.03 million viewers at 10p.m., which was on par with Showtime’s last new series premiere, Homeland (1.38 million viewers). Factoring in re-broadcasts, on-demand and online streaming, House of Lies was viewed by 1.2 million total viewers.
In addition to House of Lies, the second season premiere of Shameless rose 61% compared to its series premiere last January. 2.06 million viewers watched the drama starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.
News wasn’t so good over at the broadcast networks. As reported earlier in the rating, ABC’s long-in-the-tooth reality series The Bachelor attracted its lowest ratings ever, 7.6 million viewers on Monday night. This may not be a good sign since this is only the second episode of the new season. The Bachelor is now in its 10th season, so the tumble in the ratings could be due to viewer fatigue.
NBC still can’t escape its bad ratings curse. The Firm, the much-publicized premiere of the remake of the John Grisham book, and the movie starring Tom Cruise drew a very low 6.2 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo Sunday night from 8-10p.m. Compared to the show that aired in the same timeslot last year – the series premiere of the superhero/crime drama The Cape, The Firm was down 46% from The Cape‘s premiere numbers (18-49: 2.6).
The Firm relocates to its permanent timeslot of Thursday at 10p.m. this week on NBC.