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Dexter, Californication openings rake in the eyeballs

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 1st 2009 3:00PM
The press packet cover for Showtime's Dexter and CalifornicationThings are looking good for Showtime's primetime bad boys.

Both Dexter and Californication scored some huge opening numbers last Sunday with Dexter setting a new opening record for the cable network.

More than 1.5 million sets of eyeballs tuned to the season four opener for Dexter and 821,000 stayed to watch the opener for Californication. That's 3 million single eyeballs for Dexter and more than 1.6 million for Californication.

The ratings also represented huge increases for both shows. Dexter's viewership rose by almost 25 percent from last season, and Californication rose a whopping 57 percent. Of course, that's impressive for a pay cable network and even though it is nowhere near what the free channels can score, it is inching ever closer to mainstream TV's territory.

Last Sunday's Dexter also set two records. It was the highest viewed episode in the show's history and the highest viewed episode for a series in Showtime's history. That groaning sound you just heard was every person on a primetime network sitcom or dramatic series dying a little inside.

[via AOL Television]

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The Midnight Penguin

If I could justify getting Showtime for their outrageous fee for Dexter, I would have also been counted in those eyeballs... but as long as they continue to release on DVD, I will have to be a fan at the end of the season instead of during. Waiting it and buying the set is far less expensive then getting Showtime every month when I have plenty else on free TV to get through.

October 02 2009 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Awesome. Both are favorites of mine and a reason to give up HBO.

October 01 2009 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good. Both of those shows are amazing.

October 01 2009 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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