"Dexter" season finale slashes records

Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:10pm EST
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The fourth-season finale of Showtime's "Dexter" was seen by 2.6 million viewers on Sunday -- blowing away all modern records for the cable network.

The brutal "Dexter" closer was the most-watched original series episode ever on Showtime, and the most watched telecast since a Mike Tyson fight in 1999. "Dexter" was 54% higher than last year's finale.

The season three finale of "Californication" was also a series high, 1.1 million viewers, though still dropping considerably from its "Dexter" lead in.

 
<p>Actress Jennifer Carpenter (L) with her husband Michael Hall (R) from the series "Dexter" arrives on the red carpet at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>