Showtime set ratings records Sunday night for the season premieres of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication."
Hourlong comedic drama "Shameless" drew 2 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, according to Nielsen, improving from the 1.5 million who watched the season two debut a year ago. For the night, "Shameless" garnered 2.6 million viewers.
Don Cheadle picked up a Golden Globe on Sunday for actor in a comedy.
And "Californication," which began its sixth season, drew just over 1 million at 10:30, up from last year's 758,000 for the same time period.
Numbers are impressive in that each series competed against the live NBC Golden Globes telecast on the East Coast and a delayed Globes airing on the West Coast.
Showtime offered a free weekend preview to approximately 80 million viewers, but these numbers include only Showtime subscribers.
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