By James Hibberd
Updated January 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM EST
Credit: HBO

HBO’s Luck will get a second race next year — despite its ratings not exactly finishing in the winners’ circle.

The horse-racing drama from director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch was renewed after its official premiere aired this weekend. The drama has raked in 3.3 million viewers once you combine the show’s Dec. 11 preview and three airings on Sunday night.

Premium networks often renew shows early to help build buzz, particularly if the titles are critically acclaimed and have heavy creative talent attached.

Also: Sunday’s numbers for Showtime’s block showed some growth: Shameless was at 1.4 million viewers, up 7 percent, while new series House of Lies was at 1 million viewers, up 41 percent. Both shows rack up around 4 million viewers total once you add in replays, OnDemand and DVR.

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