Despite stiff competition across broadcast and cable, Showtime‘s Shameless copped its biggest episode premiere crowd ever on Sunday — 2.8 million viewers, surpassing previous high, aka Episode 6 of this season. It was a pretty eventful episode — SPOILER ALERT — what with Fiona going back to prison, Frank waking up in the hospital, and Mickey coming out. To date, the fourth season of Shameless is averaging 5.7 million weekly viewers, up 8% compared to last season, and is on track to finish the season as its highest rated ever.
Meanwhile, the pay cabler’s House Of Lies, that same night, logged its best night so far this season, 1.44 million viewers. Season to date, House Of Lies is averaging 3 million weekly viewers, which is on par with last season.