Another solid series premiere for a Showtime series. New dark comedy House Of Lies debuted last night with 1.03 million viewers at 10 PM. It was in line with the network’s most recent series premiere of drama Homeland, which opened with 1.08 million in October. However, Homeland had a bigger lead-in, and for the night over three plays House Of Lies amassed 1.38 million viewers, 13% higher than Homeland‘s opening-night viewership. (Showtime had a free weekend, but the ratings for its series include only subscribers.) With online and on-demand sampling, Showtime estimates that some 1.2 million sampled the pilot episode of House Of Lies. In terms of comedy series debuts, the show starring Don Cheadle landed between Showtime’s two most recent debuts: The Big C (1.15 million) and Episodes (768,000).

Leading into House Of Lies was the Season 2 debut of drama Shameless (1.58 million), which spiked 61% from its series premiere last January. For the night, the drama starring William H. Macy averaged 2.06 million viewers. At 10:30 PM, veteran Californication (758,000) was down 11% from last season’s opener, which followed Shameless’ series premiere.