'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.

  • jaybpov

    Love Dexter!

    Great numbers for Ray considering the 1st show has been on demand for a while.

  • samurai99


    Hbo has dignity.

  • Lewis

    @samurai99 I like these. Showtime is better than HBO.

  • platypus Perry

    Talk about spinning numbers for Ray Donovan. The way the title was written I thought it was all one episode not including dvr, on demand and repeat airing.

    However, I’m happy Dexter was up slightly versus season 7 premiere And that Showtime did get a healthy sized audience overall for both shows!!! I like a lot of showtime programming; Nurse Jackie,Weeds, Dexter, and Homeland.


    Wasn’t that hooked on Ray. Pilot was OK… Homeland had a better pilot & am still watching and love it (despit a disappointing finale episode last season)

  • Abyalew Bayu

    The pilot for Ray Donovan was the worst pilot I have ever seen in my lifetime!

  • Montecore

    I could not force myself to finish ray donovan! What a great idea for a show, a guy who gets celebreties out of trouble when they get drunk or stoned. I would rather play a game of solitare rather than watch ray donovan again!

  • Colin

    Great pilot, great numbers. Showtime will be happy.

  • Ian

    Premium cable original series are the absolute best because there are almost no restrictions to content. Stories are more thought out and scripted much better. There is more story telling to these shows and is so much more cinematic than network shows. I’m glad these shows get recognition!

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Not ray donoflop at all!!!

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