More than 1 million total viewers tuned in to the drama series at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That marks the first time on record that the season premiere of a Showtime series has broken the million-viewer mark for a single run (Nielsen didn’t begin reporting Showtime ratings separate from Showtime Plex until 2004).
That figure also represents a 67% increase over the Oct. 1, 2006, series premiere (603,000 viewers) and is nearly on par with the first-season finale in December (1.1 million), which aired at 10 p.m. This season, “Dexter” has moved to 9 p.m., where it airs opposite shows including ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”
“Dexter” stands as Showtime’s best season premiere year-to-date. By comparison, the series premiere of “The Tudors” drew 869,000 viewers in April, and the third-season debut of “Weeds” averaged 824,000 in August.