Ratings: Homeland and Dexter Return to Highs

Showtime had a killer night on Sunday, as both Dexter and Homeland returned to distinct series highs.

With an audience of 2.4 million total viewers for its 9 pm showing and 3.04 mil for the night, Dexter‘s Season 7 opener stands as the dark drama’s highest-rated premiere to date.

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Dexter also delivered Showtime’s most-watched telecast for the year-to-date (besting a Shameless episode by 50 percent), and the premiere was up 10 percent from the Season 6 launch.

Homeland, meanwhile, drew an all-time high 1.73 million total viewers with its 10 pm bow, up 60 percent from its series debut and representing the pay cabler’s most watched Season 2 premiere ever (improving on previous record holder Shameless by 9 percent). For the night, Homeland amassed 2.07 million viewers. That’s something for Carrie to smile about!

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Combined, the Dexter and Homeland premieres gave Showtime its most watched Sunday night ever.