"Dexter" stalks Season 6 renewal

Fri Dec 3, 2010 9:25am EST
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - This won't surprise anybody: Showtime is getting ready to announce a renewal for "Dexter" within the next week or so.

The serial-killer saga just had its second highest ratings ever on Sunday night, delivering 2.5 million viewers, up 43% from the fifth-season premiere. That almost certainly means the upcoming finale on December 12 will set a new viewership record.

In 2008, Showtime confidently renewed Dexter for two seasons. That's not likely to happen this time, since key talent deals will need to be renegotiated before the show's seventh season.