"Dexter" finale a boost for Showtime

Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:32am EST
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By Kimberly Nordyke

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Dexter" killed for Showtime in its third-season finale.

The serial-killer saga drew 1.5 million total viewers at 9 p.m. on Sunday, making it the premium network's most-watched telecast since 2004, when Nielsen began reporting Showtime ratings separate from Showtime Plex. That's up 7% compared with the Season 2 finale (1.4 million). An 11 p.m. repeat drew 491,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the Season 2 finale of "Californication" at 10 p.m. averaged 615,000 viewers, a season high. A 10:30 p.m. repeat of the David Duchovny comedy pulled in 322,000 viewers.

"Dexter" already has been renewed for two more seasons, while "Californication" recently got the green light for its third season.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter