In Depth

Showtime’s ‘Tudors’ Outdraws HBO’s ‘Treatment’

HBO’s shrink drew a lot of people to the couch Sunday night, but not as many as Showtime got for “The Tudors.”

The first two episodes of the new season of HBO’s “In Treatment” drew an average of 657,000 viewers in their premiere airings, up 137% from last season’s average of 277,000.

Meanwhile, the season-three premiere of Showtime’s “The Tudors” drew 726,000 viewers at 9 p.m., marking one of the few times a Showtime original has beaten an HBO original.

The “Tudors” premiere was down 5% from its second-season debut a year ago.

Earlier this year, an episode of Showtime’s “The United States of Tara” beat an episode of HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” and last year, an episode of Showtime’s “Dexter” topped “Tell Me You Love Me” on HBO.

HBO has about 12 million more subscribers than Showtime.