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Solid Start For Showtime’s Sunday Series

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime’s series were off to a good start last night. Leading the way was new racy drama Shameless, a remake of the acclaimed British series, which drew 982,000 at 10 PM (1.3 million overall for the 2 runs) to rank as the most watched Showtime drama series premiere in 7 years, since  Dead Like Me (1.11 million). It topped the debuts of The L Word (2004) – 936,000; The Tudors (2007) – 869,000; Dexter (2006) – 603,000.

Californication (848,000) at 9 PM delivered the dark comedy series’ best series premiere, topping the Season 3 premiere’s 821,000 which had the benefit of a Dexter lead-in. For the two airings combined, Californication averaged 1.12 million viewers.

At 9:30 PM, the showbiz-centric new comedy series starring Matt LeBlanc Episodes garnered 768,000 viewers (902,000 total), retaining 91% of its Californication audience. The premiere numbers are expected to get a boost from the pay cable network’s free cable and satellite previews this past weekend. The above numbers only factor in subscribers.

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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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CABLE RATINGS: HUB OK In Debut, ‘Dexter’ Up & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Down

Nellie Andreeva

The new Hasbro/Discovery kids channel The Hub launched Sunday with solid increases vs. its predecessor Discovery Kids, but it still has long ways to go to catch up with the leaders in the space Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. For its first day, the Hub drew an average of 135,000 viewers, an increase of 650%. In primetime, Hub’s audience was 217,000, up 1347%. Over at Showtime, Dexter (1.9 million viewers) was up 10% from last week, while HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (2.6 million) slipped 26%. Similarly, Bored to Death (859,000) was down 22%, Eastbound & Down (1.2 million) was down 31%. Sunday’s cable primetime was dominated by TBS’ baseball playoff coverage, which drew 4.7 million viewers.

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