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Showtime Renews 'Homeland,’ ‘The Affair’

Showtime has renewed two of its popular drama series, Homeland and The Affair, for new seasons, according to network officials.

Homeland will return for a fifth season in 2015 with 12 episodes. The revamped, Emmy Award-winning series is averaging 6 million viewers across several platforms in its current season four run, according to Showtime. 

The Affair (pictured) will return will return for a sophomore campaign in 2015 with 10 episodes, said the network.  The series is currently averaging 3.9 million viewers a week across various platforms. Approximately 87% of The Affair’s audience is time-shifted, putting it on track to be Showtime's most time-shifted series ever, according to the network.

“In its fourth season, Homeland has brilliantly reinvented itself.  It continues to capture the attention of a devoted fan base, and has provided an enviable platform for the successful launch of The Affair,” said David Nevins, president, Showtime Networks in a statement. “With thought-provoking, relevant and addictive storylines, both series have been embraced, dissected and much debated week after week.  We’re excited to see more from these complex shows in 2015.”

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