'Dexter: New Blood' is now the most-watched series in Showtime history

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News on

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The second time around worked like a charm for “America’s favorite serial killer.”

“Dexter: New Blood” has shattered ratings records and made history for Showtime.

According to ViacomCBS premium cable channel, the “Dexter” revival’s 10-episode run averaged over 8 million weekly viewers across all its platforms, becoming the most-watched series in the premium cable channel’s history.

Sunday night’s series finale drew 3 million viewers, making it the biggest Showtime finale since the Season 3 finale of “Homeland” in 2013. Written by series showrunner Clyde Phillips, the series also set a new Showtime record with 2 million viewers from streaming and on demand platforms on Sunday.

“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response from the millions of fans of DEXTER: NEW BLOOD these past 10 weeks,” Showtime president Gary Levine said in a statement Tuesday. “Whether they loved the finale or couldn’t bear to see it end, we so appreciate their passion. Our deepest thanks to Michael, Clyde, Scott and Marcos for delivering a profoundly powerful conclusion to our beloved and extraordinary series.”

Originally airing for eight seasons from 2006 to 2013, the acclaimed series centered on a Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert — played by Michael C. Hall — living a secret double life as an avenging serial killer.


“New Blood” picked up nearly a decade later, with the titular character now living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Despite embracing his new life, a series of unexpected events revives his urge to kill.

The cast also includes Jennifer Carpenter, Julia Jones, Jack Alcott, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah and Clancy Brown.

All previous seasons of “Dexter” are streaming on Showtime.


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