Ratings Scoop: Showtime Hits Highest Numbers Ever

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Last night, a handful of shows, movies and actors were deemed victorious at the 70th Annual Golden Globes, but no one took away more trophies than the men and women of Showtime. Winning the most awards in its GG history, Showtime also snagged the most series wins of any network.

And it looks like people must have wanted to see what all the well-deserved hype was about. Following the Golden Globes, the premium cable network’s Sunday night lineup returned with its highest-rated episodes ever. According to a Showtime press release, Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication were each “up double digits versus their series averages and besting their prior season premieres and season finales.”

On Shameless, William H. Macy returned to reprise his roll of Frank Gallagher and was rewarded with its highest rated episode to date, earning 2.6 million viewers. Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle lead his hilarious troupe in the Season 2 premiere of House of Lies — the sophomore comedy snagged 1.54 million viewers, up 53 percent from it’s Season 1 finale. Rounding out the trio was David Duchovny with his dramedy Californication — the Season 6 premiere gathered 1.3 million viewers, up 39 percent from its Season 5 averages.

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Reporter Leanne Aguilera was raised in a small Orange County town, across the street from Disneyland, Lauren Conrad, and the entire cast of “The O.C.” (She and Mischa Barton are no longer on speaking terms.) In lieu of dating, she perfected the art of obsessing over TV couples, more commonly known as “shipping.” After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Leanne decided to uncover one of life’s greatest mysteries: What’s coming up on your favorite TV show?

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