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.)
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 …
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