Two of the dramas currently airing on Showtime have been renewed, with one of the renewals described as a “no-brainer” while the other one comes despite a soft launch for the show.
Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the no-brainer is “Homeland,” which received a pickup for a 12-episode fifth season. The other renewal is for freshman series “The Affair,” which will be back in 2015 for a 10-episode second season.
“The pickup of ‘Homeland’ is a no-brainer — the terrorism drama remains Showtime’s flagship series. It has successfully rebooted itself following the exit of original male lead Damian Lewis with solid critical and viewer response for the current fourth season, which is averaging 6 million weekly viewers across platforms, growing steadily in each of its last three weeks,” Andreeva writes.
“The Affair” opened in October with just 507,000 same-day viewers, the report notes, but it received strong reviews along with a big bump from DVR and digital viewing.
“‘The Affair’ is on pace to become Showtime’s most time-shifted original series, averaging 3.9 million weekly viewers across platforms,” Andreeva notes. “The series has grown consistently every single week since its premiere, with 87% of the show’s audience tuning in after the original Sunday 10 p.m. telecast.”