Showtime’s new drama series Billions is delivering some real capital gains.
The Wall Street thriller started fairly solid in the ratings, and now has grown with its second and third episodes — exactly what a network hopes to see.
The first live airing of the drama starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis delivered 904,000 viewers (with many more sampling the pilot On Demand and online as part of a preview push). The second live airing increased to 950,000. Okay, so that was a slight bump — and actually not much considering that viewers now had fewer ways to watch it. But Sunday’s episode jumped to 1.3 million.
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Billions has some of the biggest early season increases of any first-year Showtime series, averaging 6.3 million weekly when all forms of viewing (DVR and On Demand) are counted.
The streak will almost certainly break next week however — at least in the overnight ratings — when Showtime plows ahead in airing a new Billions up against the Super Bowl.
At any rate, the show is in no danger of going away anytime soon as Showtime has already renewed Billions for a second season.