On the heels of sweeping the Primetime Emmys and scoring series highs with its second-season premiere, Showtime‘s drama Homeland has been given a third-season pickup. The order is for 12 episodes.

Last night, Homeland delivered its most-watched episode yet with 1.75 million viewers at 10 PM, edging its previous series high posted by the Season 2 premiere (1.73 million). Homeland‘s second-season opener September 30 was up 60% from its Season 1 premiere, delivering 2.07 million viewers for the night. The Season 2 premiere week averaged 5.2 million viewers across platforms (including Live+7, DVR and on-demand), up 25% vs. Season 1, a series high and the best performance ever for a sophomore series on Showtime. Four weeks into the season, on-demand has increased views of the Season 2 premiere to a total of 5.7 million viewers. Season 3 will begin production spring 2013. “The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “The writers, cast and crew of Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.”

Homeland‘s companion, Dexter, has already been renewed for next season, its eighth, as part of a two-year pickup.

Homeland, produced by Fox 21, stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor, Jamey Sheridan, David Marciano and Navid Negahban. The series executive producers are Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Michael Cuesta, Alex Cary, Chip Johannessen, Henry Bromell, Meredith Stiehm, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.

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