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‘Dexter’ Finale Ratings On Par With Last Year

By | Monday December 13, 2010 @ 11:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Facing the monster football game on NBC, the finale of Dexter on Showtime drew 2.50 million viewers for the 9 PM telecast. That was down a fraction from last season’s finale (2.57 million), which  at the time became the most-watched episode of an original series in Showtime’s history, and up 11% from last week (2.26 million). The series, which was recently renewed for a sixths season, hit a season high two weeks ago with a 2.54 million. Including the 11 PM replay, Dexter averaged 2.9 million viewers last night vs. 3.1 million last year. Overall, Season 5 will rank as the highest-rated season of Dexter to date, averaging more than 5 million viewers per week on TV and on-demand. (Word of caution for those who haven’t seen the finale yet: some comments contain spoilers.) 

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Showtime To Preview New Drama ‘Shameless’ After ‘Dexter’ Finale

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime will use the Dexter finale to get big sampling for new drama Shameless, which is slated to premiere January 9. The pay cable network will preview the first 20 minutes of Shameless following the Dexter season finale this Sunday. Based on the UK series, Shameless, from John Wells and Paul Abbott, stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Joan Cusack recurs as  an agoraphobic Chicago housewife who strikes up a special friendship with Frank. Here is the trailer:

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