Ratings: Ray Donovan Premiere Sets Showtime Record, Dexter Returns Strong

Ratings Ray Donovan Premiere Dexter Season 8Well, here’s one thing that doesn’t need “fixing” — the ratings for Ray Donovan, which on Sunday night premiered to 1.35 million total viewers, eclipsing Homeland (1.08 mil) as Showtime’s most watched original series launch ever.

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Other previous Showtime’s premiere audiences include Shameless‘ 982,000 total viewers and The Borgias‘ 1.06 mil.

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Setting the table for Ray Donovan was Dexter‘s final season opener, which drew 2.5 million viewers — the show’s largest premiere audience ever (besting last fall’s 2.4 mil), yet down 11 percent from the Season 7 finale (2.8 mil).

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Including replays, Dexter‘s return amasssed 3.2 mil — again, up from the Season 7 premiere’s 3.0 mil but down from the finale’s 3.4 mil.