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'Dexter' Scores Another Ratings Record

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:05PM
If John Lithgow can pull it off as a pot-dealing single dad, or a philandering book author, Showtime should definitely consider him for other guest gigs.

The former '3rd Rock From the Sun' star pulled off what has to be one of the more successful series guest turns in modern TV history, with his final appearance as the Trinity Killer on 'Dexter' yielding Showtime's best ratings ever for an original show.If John Lithgow can pull it off as a pot-dealing single dad, or a philandering book author, Showtime should definitely consider him for other guest gigs.

The former '3rd Rock From the Sun' star pulled off what has to be one of the more successful series guest turns in modern TV history, with his final appearance as the Trinity Killer on 'Dexter' yielding Showtime's best ratings ever for an original show.

The network averaged 2.6 million viewers for Sunday night's season 4 'Dexter' finale, not quite the nearly 12 million that watched the series finale of HBO's 'The Sopranos' two years ago, but impressive nonetheless for a pay cable network that has only about half as many subscribers (16 million) as HBO.

Sunday's finale was up 71 percent over last year's season 3 'Dexter' final episode.

Even better for Showtime, the huge turnout for 'Dexter' in recent weeks -- the show also set a network ratings mark last Sunday -- has also lifted 'Californication' to new heights. Leading out of 'Dexter' at 10 p.m., the David Duchovny-starring series averaged just over 1 million viewers, a 72 percent lift over its season 2 finale.

As for Lithgow, his story arc on 'Dexter' had him playing a serial-killer rival to series star Michael C. Hall, who hides behind a facade of being a religious family man.

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