'Dexter' Attracts the Largest Audience Ever for a Showtime Series; 'Homeland' Delivers its Highest Rated Episode Ever

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December 11th, 2012

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HOMELAND Continues To Grow Delivering Its Highest Rated Episode Ever

The one-two punch of DEXTER and HOMELAND continues to deliver record-breaking ratings for SHOWTIME on Sunday nights, as their penultimate episodes for the season delivered both series' highest ratings ever. The DEXTER season seven and HOMELAND season two finales air this Sunday night from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

DEXTER delivered 2.6 million viewers at 9 p.m., attracting the biggest audience ever for a SHOWTIME original series, as well as the best total night delivery ever for a SHOWTIME series with 3.08 million total viewers, topping the long-held record of the series' season four finale on 12/13/2009 (vs. 2.57 million at 9 p.m. and vs. 3.05 million for the night). Sunday’s episode is not only the series’ highest-rated episode in three years, but is also up 25 percent from the prior week (vs. 2.1 million at 9 p.m., and 2.6 million for the night – up 17 percent). Season-to-date, the seventh season of DEXTER is averaging 6.1 million total weekly viewers across platforms, its highest rated season ever, and up 12 percent above its prior season through the same time frame.

HOMELAND delivered 2.36 million viewers at 10 p.m., exceeding last week's record-breaking episode (2.2 million) by 8 percent to become the highest rated telecast for the series ever. The total night garnered 2.6 million viewers, surpassing last week’s total (2.5 million) as the best total night delivery ever for the series. Season-to-date, the second season of HOMELAND is averaging 5.8 million total weekly viewers across platforms, up 35 percent above its freshman season.


  • Esdru

    Totally normal.

    Dexter is the best show ever made.

  • Joseph

    “Dexter” and “Homeland” did well despite competing against a live NFL game.

    However, both programs are repeated several times during the week following their initial broadcast. Those Showtime subscribers who have Video-On-Demand (like my girlfriend) can watch episodes whenever they want starting a day or so after they are first broadcast on the network.

    By the way, my girlfriend is a big “Homeland” fan!

    Thus, a lot more people will see those episodes eventually.

  • Debsafan

    I love Dexter. Wish I could afford Showtime. I have to wait until the DVD. I’m glad it’s doing so well. Great show.

  • Dennis

    …and Dexter will end after the eighth season? Realy???

  • Luke

    Dexter is crazy in that it is growing with every single season! Season 7 and still hasn’t declined, incredible props to it.

  • Dan S

    I’m not sure if they can keep Dexter going beyond season 8. Next episode Dexter is arrested the gig is up & Doakes returns though not sure if it’s just Dexters fevered imagination. Now Deb could be an accomplice since she knows of Dexters dark secret all season long. Gotta watch it live next Sunday since there will be spoilers Monday morning.

  • Mike

    Obviously Dexter’s record audiences can be attributed to the presence of Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski. And no one is going to convince me otherwise!


    Dexter doesn’t get the buzz of say The Walking Dead or True blood but I feel it’s as suspenseful…well paced and entertaining as anything on cable TV!

  • karin

    Yes Homeland,best show on TV by far

  • The Master

    I’m so happy for “Homeland”, It’s an AMAZING show :)

  • groove365

    So Mike is Chuck’s Biggest Fan now?
    You gotta step up your game if you want to compete with Joss’ Biggest Fan, that poster brings it every time.

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