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 six million weekly viewers across platforms, growing steadily in each of its last three weeks.
Meanwhile, The Affair‘s renewal was based on strong reviews and big bump from DVR/digital viewing. Despite a soft launch — the series opened with 507,000 same-day viewers in October — The Affair is on pace to become Showtime’s most time-shifted original series, averaging 3.9 million weekly viewers across platforms. 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 PM telecast.
“In its fourth season, Homeland has brilliantly reinvented itself. It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of The Affair,” said Showtime’s David Nevins. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week. We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”