One was a big Emmy winner; the other one less so. But the cable dramas toplined by Claire Danes and Caroline Manzo both had fantastic Sundays. Homeland, the somewhat surprising Emmy champ for Best Drama, scored its best night ever with 1.7 million viewers, as part of pay-cable network Showtime’s best Sunday night ever. Meanwhile, basic-cabler Bravo announced that its Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion (only part one–there’s a second part forthcoming in a week’s time!) was the top-rated unscripted cable show of the week and most popular episode of the season with 3.5 million total viewers (2.1 million between 18 and 49). Both series, too, are showing season-over-season growth–between Carrie Mathison’s meltdowns and Teresa’s dissembling, could Sunday at 10pm become the go-to spot for ever-more-popular women in peril for years to come?
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