'Dexter' and 'Homeland' Season Finales Deliver Both Series' Highest-Rated Nights Ever

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December 17th, 2012

via press release:

The DEXTER Season 7 Finale Now Ranks As The Top Rated
SHOWTIME® Original Series In Network History
The season finales of DEXTER and HOMELAND last night outperformed their record breaking ratings from last week, to deliver both series' highest-rated nights ever.
Breaking last week’s record, the DEXTER season seven finale now ranks as the highest-rated episode ever for a SHOWTIME original series. DEXTER delivered 2.75 million viewers at 9 p.m., and garnered the best total night delivery ever for a SHOWTIME series with 3.43 million total viewers for the night. Sunday’s finale was up 14 percent from the season seven premiere (vs. 2.4 million) and up 23 percent versus the season 6 finale (vs. 2.2 million, 12/18/11). For the night, the finale was up 26 percent from the season six finale (vs. 2.7 million).  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.
With its highest-rated night ever, HOMELAND’s season two finale delivered 2.7 million viewers for the night, surpassing last week’s total (2.6 million) as the best total night delivery ever for the series and up 31 percent from its season 2 premiere night (vs. 2.1 million). At 10 p.m. the finale garnered 2.3 million viewers, up 32 percent versus the season two premiere (vs. 1.7 million). Season-to-date, the second season of HOMELAND is averaging 5.9 million total weekly viewers across platforms, up 37 percent above its freshman season and now ranks as the network’s second highest rated series.
  • Esdru

    Dexter is the best show ever.

  • John A

    Wow Homeland matching Dexter is amazing.

  • Oliver

    I’m slightly surprised how little their ratings improved for their finales.

  • Eric Robinson

    Homeland is the best show ever.

  • Jenny

    Dexter hitting series highs in it’s seventh season is very impressive.

  • Dan S

    Both shows delivered knockout performances last night. I won’t give away any spoilers but both shows won’t disappoint & can’t wait for next year.

  • JulieDawn

    Wow. Don’t watch Homeland, but I thought the Dexter finale was excellent and glad to see it reflected in the ratings.

  • Chad

    Great pic to use for people who have not watched it yet….FAIL

  • Daw Johnson

    @Chad – that scene was in the “next week…on Dexter” preview. Not a spoiler at all.

    But even if the picture was a still of the final scene…once the episode airs on the west coast, covering the episode without “spoiler warning” is totally fair game. It’s not a spoiler anymore–it has already aired!

  • Chad

    I watched. I’m fine- but for shows this big- a little reservation should be used….

  • SarahL

    I knew it, I knew that Dexter would hit series’ highs! It was a great season finale. Deb shooting LaGuerta was stunning and great drama. Next season, the last, will be wild.

  • cimmer

    They should thank me, LOL, every time I think something might be lower than normal it ranks higher than normal, I’m like reverse good luck. ;)

  • Niki

    SarahL – why do you use such huge spoiler in your comment?

  • SarahL


    After an episode airs, NOTHING about it is a spoiler. I find it absolutely ridiculous that some people think that no one can talk about an episode of a show because they have not gotten around to watch it.

  • romo

    The would be a great band name — SpoilerAlert.

  • alexis

    I am with Sarah on that one.
    People who carefully leave out “spoilers” in their comments are being considerate towards others. However it’s not compulsory. They can comment on anything as long as it’s not insulting people.

  • Troy J.

    @SarahL & Alexis Spoilers are needed because of two things, one is the invention of the DVR that allows people to view the show later, and the second is that people have a “life” and do things around their own schedule and not that of networks. If you have a hard time with that concept you probably are missing either #1 or #2 in your own life.

  • Kyle

    @troy or if you havent seen a show you shouldnt come to a tv ratings section and go to comments about a show that aired the night before. You cant always account for stupid.

  • Joseph

    I thought “Dexter” and “Homeland”‘s first showing on Sunday (December 16th) wouldn’t do that well in the ratings because they faced an NFL game and that most who watched those two shows within a week of the initial airing would have done so by viewing repeats or DVR recordings later in the week.

  • Tyson

    If a TV show means enough to you, you’ll watch it. If you have time to come here, you have time to watch your favorite show. Once it’s aired, there are no spoilers. Stop being selfish and expecting other people to bend to your schedule.

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