"Dexter" finale on par with last year

Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:44pm EST
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The fifth-season finale of Showtime's "Dexter" matched the ratings for last year's season-ender as the show's storyline wrapped on a downright sunny note.

A total of 2.5 million viewers tuned in Sunday to watch Dexter match wits with motivational serial killer Jordan Chase, with an additional 400,000 viewers at 11 p.m. That matches the haul for last year, when the storyline was decidedly grimmer.

Overall, season five will be the highest-rated season of Dexter to date, averaging 5 million viewers per week once all forms of viewership are counted.

Also Sunday: Kate Gosselin and Sarah Palin joining forces on TLC gave "Alaska" a boost to 3.1 million viewers. That's up only 11% from last week, though, a pretty mild gain considering the pre-air publicity and Gosselin's normal star power on the network.