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Ratings: 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' Score Big for Showtime

6/13/2014 Tim Molloy & Tim Kenneally

By Tim Molloy & Tim Kenneally

Showtime announced its biggest Sunday audience ever as "Dexter" scored its highest-rated premiere so far and "Homeland" was up 60 percent from its first season premiere.

"Homeland" returned for its second season a week after winning a slew of Emmy awards that helped boost the terrorism drama's profile.

Sunday's season two opener of "Homeland" at 10 p.m. drew 1.73 million total viewers, besting by far the series premiere of the show, with drew 1.08 million. The episode also set a Showtime record for season two premieres, which had previously been held by Shameless."

When encore airings of the premiere are factored in, Sunday's "Homeland" premiere pulled in 2.07 million total viewers -- a 50 percent jump from the season one premiere.

"Homeland" also surpassed the first season's finale.

More to come...

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