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'Homeland' season finale hunts down ratings record for Showtime

December 17, 2012|By Scott Collins
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Showtime's "Homeland."
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Showtime's "Homeland." (Kent Smith/Showtime )

The critics may have harshed on "Homeland's" second season, but viewers can't seem to get enough of Carrie Mathison's antics.

Sunday's season finale of Showtime's terrorism thriller - with Claire Danes as troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison - reached its best ratings so far, with the 10 p.m. premiere averaging 2.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

That was a 35% increase over the Season 1 finale last December.

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With numbers from a later encore thrown in, "Homeland" delivered a total of 2.7 million viewers for the night.

"Homeland" was a critics' favorite last year, but some of the bloom seems to have faded with critics. The website BuzzFeed called Season 2 "an implausible, meandering mess."

Meanwhile, the seventh season finale of "Dexter" at 9 p.m. drew 2.8 million viewers, with 3.4 million viewers for the night overall - Showtime's best-ever numbers for an original series.

What did you think of the just-wrapped seasons for "Homeland" and "Dexter"?

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