‘Dexter: New Blood’ Becomes Most-Watched Show in Showtime’s History

by Megan Molseed
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It was a hugely popular success during its initial run, but now the Dexter revival series, Dexter: New Blood has superseded the original series becoming the most-watched show in all of Showtime’s programming history.

During the ten-episode run of Showtime’s serial killer drama Dexter: New Blood, the cable network brought in the most viewers in the channel’s history. Making the popular revival series the cable channel’s most-watched series of all time. In total, Dexter: New Blood brought in an average of eight million viewers per week across the show’s ten-episode run.

Additionally, the massively successful Showtime reboot series brought in record numbers for season finale debut Sunday evening. Showtime reports three million viewers tuned in for the series finale debut. This, the cable network notes, is the largest viewer showing it has seen for a Showtime finale in at least eight years. Beating out the network’s previous season finale episode record holder the season three finale of Homeland in 2013.

‘Dexter: New Blood’ Breaks Showtime Records

The Dexter: New Blood audience also set another record for Showtime. The series brought in a record-breaking number of viewers tuning in from streaming and on-demand platform options. In total, the finale of Dexter: New Blood brought in two million viewers streaming the episode.

“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response from the millions of fans of Dexter: New Blood these past 10 weeks,” says entertainment president of Showtime Networks Gary Levine.

“Whether they loved the finale or couldn’t bear to see it end,” the Showtime network president continues. “We so appreciate their passion.”

It is largely due to the popularity of Dexter: New Blood as well as the popularity of Showtime’s new thriller series Yellowjackets that led to the network’s highest number of new sign-ups during the tail end of 2021.

Dexter originally aired on Showtime from 2006 until 2013. Starring Michael C. Hall, the series captured the attention of audiences as we struggled with the anti-hero effect that Dexter brought viewers as the serial killer satisfied his evil desires by ridding the world of those who are even eviler than he is.

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During the show’s initial eight-season run, Dexter pulled in multiple Emmy nominations. Among these were four nominations for best drama series as well as five nominations for Michael C. Hall’s performance in the series. In 2008, the popular series was honored with a Peabody award.

The fan-favorite small screen serial killer returned to Showtime in the fall of 2021 in a limited ten-episode revival series. This reboot, Dexter: New Blood picks up ten years after the finale events of the original series.

The Dexter: New Blood finale aired Sunday night, giving fans a shocking, yet satisfying wrap-up to the Showtime series. Even the man who portrays the television serial killer feels a sense of finality after the series finale earlier this week.

“The way the season concludes is one that resonates with me,” Michael C. Hall has said of the New Blood finale. “It feels justifiable.”