'Homeland': No end in sight just yet

This undated image released by Showtime shows actors Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, right, and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in a scene from the second season of "Homeland," filmed in Israel. (AP Photo/Showtime, Ronen Akerman)

Showtime's war on terror will continue.

The premium-cable network Monday announced it had ordered a third, 12-episode season of "Homeland," its Emmy-winning drama about a bipolar CIA operative (Claire Danes) and the war hero (Damian Brody) she's convinced -- correctly, as it turns out -- has been turned by al-Qaeda.

On Sunday, Showtime says, the series achieved its largest audience so far for an episode premiere -- 1.75 million viewers at 10 p.m., a lot for a network whose shows are less likely to be watched in real time than on repeat viewings, On Demand or DVR.

(This season's premiere, for instance, was watched by an estimated 5.2 million viewers in the first week and On Demand viewership has since increased that to 5.7 million.)

If you haven't watched Sunday's episode yet, I won't spoil it for you, but it was an episode that cemented the show's reputation for not dragging out the drama. This is a show -- currently the best on TV -- where stuff happens every week. And then more stuff happens.

And if you're not watching "Homeland" because you're worried you'll get hooked and then it'll be gone: You're running out of excuses.