Sunday night’s premiere over three airings of Frankie Shaw starrer SMILF drew 1.01 million viewers in Live+Same Day, the highest-rated Showtime freshman series premiere since Billions in 2016 (1.4 million in L+SD). Sampling for the premiere drew an additional 440,000 viewers over the past two week, bringing the total viewership to 1.45 million, according to Showtime.
The Season 8 premiere of Shameless drew 1.86 million L+SD viewers at 9 PM, up 50% from the Season 7 premiere telecast (1.24 million). The total night, with airings at 9:07 PM, 11:05 PM and 12:36 AM, drew 2.17 million viewers, up 27% vs. the Season 7 premiere night with 1.71 million.
Of course, these numbers are expected to go up with delayed viewing, so stay tuned for those stats in coming weeks.