'Ray Donovan' Delivers Showtime's Highest-Rated Original Series Premiere Ever + 'Dexter' Breaks Premiere Viewership Records

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July 1st, 2013

Ray Donovan

via press release:






For The Eighth Season In A Row, Dexter® Breaks Viewership Records With Best Ever Premiere




The momentum and growth of SHOWTIME® original series continued last night with the record breaking premiere of RAY DONOVAN, starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber. And, with the eighth and final season premiere of DEXTER at 9 p.m.


RAY DONOVAN delivered the network’s highest-rated original series premiere ever with 1.35 million viewers at 10 p.m., besting all other SHOWTIME freshman comedy and drama series including HOMELAND’s blockbuster premiere in 2011 by 25 percent (vs. 1.08 million). The series delivered 2.22 million viewers for the night, the highest-rated freshman series night of any SHOWTIME series to-date, up a staggering 61 percent versus the season one premiere night for HOMELAND (with 1.38 million viewers).


RAY DONOVAN was sampled across multiple platforms in the two weeks leading up to its premiere last night. Within that period, an additional 816,000 SHOWTIME subscribers sampled the series on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®, bringing the RAY DONOVAN series premiere total to 3.04 million viewers. Additional online sampling data will be available in the upcoming weeks.


The eighth and final season premiere of DEXTER continued to break records, ranking as the series’ highest-rated premiere ever, a record which the show continues to break season after season. DEXTER’s debut last night delivered 2.5 million viewers at 9 p.m., up four percent vs. its season seven premiere (2.4 million).  The series delivered 3.2 million viewers for the night, up five percent versus season seven (3.04 million). In seasons past, 64 percent of viewers tuned in to DEXTER after its Sunday 9 p.m. episode – watching replays, via DVR, On Demand and authenticated viewing.

  • Patrick

    A great night for Showtime. It is refreshing to see that good content still gets good ratings.

  • reallypeople

    Good numbers for Showtime, no doubt.

    But sucks for the people who were so sure Dexter would break the 3 mil mark. 2.5 mil vs. 2.4 mil last year. Up for sure, but I wonder if maybe Showtime thought they were going to get more.

  • fouratsakka

    dexter still a huge Success showtime should considre renewing it for anothor season

  • Eric

    @fouratsakka: It has already been decided that Season 8 of Dexter is the last. They have been advertising this season as the final season for months now. They won’t renew it.

  • John A

    I dont want another season of Dexter. I’m glad its ending. 8 seasons is enough.

  • robin

    at the top it says RAY DONOVAN DELIVERS SHOWTIME’S HIGHEST-RATED ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERE EVER WITH 3.04 MILLION VIEWERS but then it says that it got 1.35 million viewers at 10 and 2.22 for the night, i’m confused.

  • Jo

    Hope that Deb gets a spinoff.

  • rob60990

    They’re including On Demand in that 3 million viewers. This really isn’t that great of a start but Homeland grew overtime.

  • Eddie Beale

    Wow. That is a misleading headline and press release from Showtime. Last week you said Devious Maids had 2 million viewers and didn’t include any pre-sampling or DVR numbers.

  • Dan S

    Strange to see Dexter reaching out to Deb who’s definitely got issues. I too am glad to see Dexter coming to a conclusion. Can’t wait to see how they end this show.

  • Greg

    This just shows how much Showtime is growing.

  • Bob

    Last week you said Devious Maids had 2 million viewers and didn’t include any pre-sampling or DVR numbers.

    True, but I believe that Lifetime may not have provided those numbers.

  • silvit

    It lost a lot from Dexter. Hardly a huge result.

  • Me

    Ray Donovan was terrible. Expect a drop off…

  • MichaelChickless

    Demo numbers?

  • Joe

    Homeland and Ray Donovan both premiered after Dexter. That’s why their ratings were so good. Ray Donovan is still a good bit away from Shameless’ stellar ratings, despite the much easier marketing pitch.

  • samurai99

    Higher rd numbers than I expected, but I doubt they’ll stay that high.

  • James

    Why doesn’t doesn’t HBO ever do press releases like this for their shows? Starz and Showtime do it all the time but never HBO.

  • Dan

    Poor Deb. You know your life is messed up if you have more issues than a serial killer LOL.

  • Richard

    The homeland pilot was better than Ray Donovan pilot. Ray Donovan will get around one million viewers a week I think.

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