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'Dexter' Yields Showtime Its Biggest Audience in a Decade

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 8th 2009 9:02PM
John Lithgow's Trinity Killer is not only rocking Dexter's world, but Showtime's, too.

The penultimate season 4 episode of 'Dexter,' during which Trinity got the upper hand over the series' deeply flawed protagonist, garnered the biggest audience (2.1 million viewers) that Showtime has seen since October 1999, when it broadcast a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Orlin Norris.John Lithgow's Trinity Killer is not only rocking Dexter's world, but Showtime's, too.

The penultimate season 4 episode of 'Dexter,' during which Trinity got the upper hand over the series' deeply flawed protagonist, garnered the biggest audience (2.1 million viewers) that Showtime has seen since October 1999, when it broadcast a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Orlin Norris.

With 'Dexter' enjoying its best numbers ever -- the show was up 39 percent over its season premiere episode -- the show it led into, 'Californication,' also enjoyed a series-best audience total of 913,000 viewers.

And with the climactic showdown between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Trinity set up for Sunday's season finale, pay cable network Showtime -- which touts about 16 million subscribers -- will be looking for even higher numbers this weekend.

Cast as a mild-mannered suburbanite who just happens to be a prolific serial killer, Lithgow has garnered praise from TV critics and is already being talked about in terms of Emmy consideration for next year.

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