Ratings: Dexter Ends With an All-Time High; Breaking Bad, Maids Also Score Series Bests

Ratings Dexter Series FinaleDespite 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.

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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.

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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.

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