Despite facing stiff competition from the most-watched Emmys in eight years (and, you know, football), Dexter went out on a high note, drawing 2.8 million total viewers to the first airing of its series finale.
That tally marks a series high for the dark drama, the largest audience for any episode of a Showtime series and a 13 percent improvement on this season’s premiere. All that and an average grade of “C-“ from TVLine readers.
Dex is thus on pace to claim his highest-rated season ever.
Leading out of that, Ray Donovan‘s season ender retained 2.1 mil, a high for a Showtime finale and capping the pay cabler’s highest rated freshman season ever, trumping Homeland‘s.
Over on Lifetime, Devious Maids wrapped its first season with series highs in total audience (3 mil) and in the 18-49 and other key demos, while AMC’s penultimate Breaking Bad yet again broke records, with 6.6 million total viewers and a 6 percent bump in 18-49.