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On the heels of its Primetime Emmy Awards wins and series best ratings for the beginning of its sophomore season, Homeland has been renewed for a third season of 12 episodes. After winning the Emmys for best drama, best actor in a drama (Damian Lewis), and best actress in a drama (Claire Danes) on September 23, the show's second season premiere drew in 1.73 million viewers, a series high that was edged a few days ago by the game changing fourth episode with 1.75 million viewers.
Much quicker to react to success (arguably because it's a much rarer thing at the network), the CW has given a full-season order to freshman series Arrow after only two airings. The network's enthusiasm can be felt in its press release which reads, "Arrow scored a bull's-eye for The CW with its premiere, which drew 4.14 million viewers, making it the network's most watched telecast of any show, on any night, in three years. The Arrow debut also marked The CW's most watched series premiere since The Vampire Diaries in 2009." The series drew in 3.55 and 3.51 million viewers for its second and third episodes respectively, which doesn't make it a slot winner, but is much better than the other freshman shows rolled out this season by the CW.