Last night, Showtime said goodbye to its iconic drama series Dexter, and despite facing a competitive night of programming on broadcast, basic and premium cable, the Dexter series finale delivered the show's highest-rated telecast ever and the biggest audience ever for an original episode in Showtime history, besting the show's Season 7 finale and Season 8 premiere. Dexter attracted 2.8 million viewers at 9 p.m. (up 13 percent from the season 8 premiere - vs. 2.5 million viewers, and up from the Season 7 finale - vs. 2.7 million) and 3.3 million viewers for the night (up from the Season 8 premiere - vs. 3.2 million viewers).
Dexter continues to break records - with its eighth and final season on pace to rank as the series' highest-rated season ever, a record which the show continues to break season after season. Season-to-date, Dexter is averaging 6.4 million weekly viewers across platforms (up versus its seventh season, vs. 6.1 million).
Ray Donovan ended its season ranked as the highest-rated freshman series in Showtime history, outpacing the first season of Homeland by 33 percent. Last night, the Season 1 finale of Ray Donovan delivered 2.1 million viewers for the night, the best finale night ever for a freshman series on Showtime. The series garnered 1.41 million viewers at 10 p.m. (outranking its series premiere - vs. 1.35 million). Season-to-date, Ray Donovan is averaging 5.7 million weekly viewers across platforms, and now ranks as the network's third highest-rated show, behind only Homeland and Dexter.