The Season 1 finale of Showtime’s drama Shameless drew 1.16 million viewers at 10 PM last night (1.51 million combined for the two airings). It was the the series’ largest audience to date, up 18% from its previous high, the series premiere (982,000), and marked Showtime’s biggest audience for a Season 1 finale telecast in 10 years, since Queer as Folk in 2001 (1.49 million). At 9 PM was the Season 4 finale of Californication (547,000, 1.06 million combined with the two replays). Both series have already been renewed.
Lifetime’s Army Wives also hit a series high in total viewers last night. The episode dealing with the death of Jeremy Sherwood (Richard Bryant) while in combat, drew 4.8 million viewers. The episode also posted season bests in adults 18-49 (2.2 million), women 25-54 (1.8 million) and women 18-49 (1.7 million).
Additionally, the Friday premiere of Disney Channel’s The Suite Life Movie drew 5.2 million viewers.