Dexter Series Finale is Highest-Rated Showtime Episode Ever

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Despite the final season receiving less than favorable reviews, the final episode of Showtime’s “Dexter” was the show’s highest-rated telecast ever and the biggest audience ever for an original episode in Showtime history, beating out the show’s season seven finale and season eight premiere.

The finale brought in  2.8 million viewers at 9 p.m. (up 13 percent from the season 8 premiere – vs. 2.5 million viewers, and up from the season seven finale – vs. 2.7 million) and 3.3 million viewers for the night (up from the season eight premiere – vs. 3.2 million viewers).

The series finale episode, entitled “Ray Donovan,” was also the  highest-rated freshman series in Showtime history, outpacing the first season of “Homeland” by 33 percent. It brought in .1 million viewers for the night, the best finale night ever for a freshman series on Showtime. The series garnered 1.41 million viewers at 10 p.m. (outranking its series premiere – vs. 1.35 million). Season-to-date, “Ray Donovan” is averaging 5.7 million weekly viewers across platforms, and now ranks as the network’s third highest-rated show, behind only “Homeland” and “Dexter.”

Dexter has been nominated for 25 Primetime Emmy Awards (winning 4), in the category of Outstanding Drama Series 4 times in a row, from 2008 to 2011, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for Michael C. Hall) 5 times in a row, from 2008 to 2012. It has also been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards (winning 2) and 12 Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning 1)

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