Originally posted on Variety:
“Dexter” killed it in the ratings Sunday night, as the eight-year drama drew the largest audience ever for a Showtime series.
The series finale of “Dexter” averaged about 2.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates that include same-night DVR playback. This is a 17% rise from last week (2.4 million) and edges out the show’s seventh-season finale of 2.75 million.
Counting its repeat airing late Sunday night, the “Dexter” finale drew 3.3 million viewers — up from the 3.2 million for its eighth-season opener in June.
According to Showtime, “Dexter” is averaging 6.4 million weekly viewers across all platforms, up from last year’s 6.1 million.
Also Sunday, the season finale of rookie drama “Ray Donovan” averaged 1.4 million viewers at 10 p.m. and a cume of 2.1 million viewers for its two airings — the largest same-night tune in for the conclusion of a first-year series on the network.
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