Showtime has announced that it has renewed all three of its winter series: Californication for a sixth season, House Of Lies for a second season and Shameless for a third season. Speaking of the renewal David Nevins, President of Entertainment for Showtime, said “These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights. We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by the casts, producers and writers and I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”
Californication: The David Duchovny fronted comedy series is in its fifth season and showing no signs of slowing down. The fifth season premiere was viewed by 1.03 million viewers, a 22% increase compared to the season 4 finale. Time shifted ratings brought the total number of viewers for the season premiere to 2.5 million viewers. Season to date Californication has been averaging 2.96 million viewers, a 10% increase compared to the average viewership figures for season 4.
House Of Lies: This is the second series which David Nevins green-lit after leaving Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment to join Showtime (the first being Homeland) and right now his batting average is looking pretty good. The first season premiere was watched by 1.6 million viewers, beating the season 1 premiere for Homeland by 13%. Time shifted and cross platform ratings for the premiere episode brought the total number of viewers to 2.76 million viewers. So far, the first season of House Of Lies is averaging 3.98 million viewers.
Shameless: John Wells’ adaptation of the long running British series has seen tremendous growth over its first season. The second season premiere was watched by 2.06 million viewers, up 61% compared to the season 1 premiere and 37% compared to the season 1 finale. To date, the second season of Shameless has averaged 4.75 million viewers.