Dexter Pre-Season Finale Shatters Records

DexterI seem to be in the minority on this one, but this week’s pre-season finale episode of the Showtime series Dexter simply blew me away. As with most episodes this season, I was glued to the screen, but this last one had me even more in tune than the previous ones. I am so stoked for the series finale. I have not been this way with Dexter in a few years now.

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.