Ratings: The Strain Scares Up Good Numbers, Masters of Sex Returns Down

The Strain Ratings

The Strain could prove contagious, giving FX’s its best series premiere numbers of the year-to-date.

The vampiric drama — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B+” — premiered on Sunday night to 3 million total viewers, up from both Tyrant‘s launch (2.1 mil) and Fargo‘s opener (2.7 mil).

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Among Sunday’s other cable premieres, Showtime’s Ray Donovan returned to 1.2 million total viewers, down 14 percent from both its Season 1 premiere and that finale (which led out of the very final Dexter). Masters of Sex‘s own Season 2 opener retained 825K, down 17 percent from its launch and off 30 percent from its freshman finale.

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  1. jordan says:

    Can you guys get the demo rating for Master’s of Sex?

  2. TraciTV says:

    Strain was much better than I thought. Masters is just boring. I tried a few times last year n tried season 2 opener. Without the sex scenes it’s a snoozer.

  3. Fred Funk says:

    You know they have a prescription to get those ratings UP?!

  4. James says:

    What about Witches of East End?

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    Moving Masters to summer might not have been such a great idea. Can’t comment on the episode itself as I haven’t watched it yet. Love Ray Donovan, hope those numbers improve. The Strain was outstanding.

  6. drhenning says:

    Showtime ratings are pretty meaningless because subscribers know they don’t have to watch it right away since Showtime On Demand or Online allow you to binge watch… The main thing that matters to Showtime is critical reviews and subscribers which are both pretty positive these days… The only reason to really watch it live is IMO to keep current with others watching but if you don’t care about that, why bother.. With Showtime’s various ways to watch, you can see anything they’ve ever done whenever you want..

  7. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    With that said……FX has a good thing going w/ The Strain I say it will get a renewal for S2 before the finale.