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.
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.