â€˜Homelandâ€™ Season Finale Draws Largest Audience Ever for Series December 16, 2013 | 11:24AM PT Rick Kissell Showtimeâ€™s â€œHomelandâ€ has established itself as the networkâ€™s hottest show, surging to a season high as it closed its third season Sunday night. According to Nielsen estimates that include same-night DVR playback, an average audience of 2.4 million watched the 9 p.m. telecast â€” up 12% from its year-ago finale (2.285 million), which had been the showâ€™s previous high. Sundayâ€™s season-ender marked the third straight telecast to top 2 million, building on the 2.06 million for the Dec. 2 episode and 2.09 million for the Dec. 9 episode. Add in the roughly 500,000 who watched the quickie repeat at 11 p.m., and â€œHomelandâ€ amassed 2.9 million viewers on Sunday, also a high for the show. Perhaps most impressive about â€œHomelandâ€™sâ€ third-season surge is that it did it without the help of â€œDexter.â€ The serial killer drama, which ended its eight-season run in September with 2.8 million viewers, had been the CIA thrillerâ€™s lead-in for its first two seasons. According to Showtime, â€œHomelandâ€ has been averaging 7 million weekly viewers, up 18% from last season. â€œHomelandâ€ was followed Sunday by the first-season finale of â€œMasters of Sex,â€ which drew roughly 1.2 million viewers for its 10 p.m. telecast and about 1.5 million for the night. â€œMastersâ€ premiered in September to 998,000 in its regular timeslot and peaked with its penultimate episode of the season (1.234 million). â€œHomelandâ€ and â€œMasters of Sexâ€ will return for their fourth and second seasons, respectively, in 2014. ______________________________________________________ Where does Homeland go from here now? They must remove Brody from the intros and now call it the Carrie Mathison adventures??