Showtime loves a sure-thing.
The series, starring Liev Schreiber as a “fixer” to Hollywood’s rich and famous, premiered to record-breaking ratings in June, ranking as the highest-rated series debut in the history of the network. Since then, the series, from Southland creator Ann Biderman, has only grown in viewership.
In its second week, Ray Donovan improved 15% on the premiere, bringing in 2.2 million viewers for the show, which co-stars Academy Award winner Jon Voight. This marks the first time a freshman drama on Showtime has actually improved on its series premiere.
Showtime is likely chalking up much of the show’s success to Dexter, as the network moved the final season of its long-running, highly-rated drama up from its usual fall premiere to help launch Ray Donovan.
“Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever,” said Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins in a release today. “Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season.”