As if a Golden Globe nomination for best drama series and best lead actor (Michael C. Hall) weren't enough, the season-three finale of Showtime's Dexter earned the cable outlet the biggest ratings in their history.
Dexter is about a Miami PD investigator who uses his access to privileged information to mete out terminal justice.
The show pulled more than 1.5 million viewers for its Sunday, 9 p.m. airing. That puts Showtime in territory once dominated by HBO, which has been struggling since the loss of The Sopranos and Sex and the City.
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The David Duchovny starrer Californication also scored its strongest numbers of the season, with 615,000 viewers watching its initial run after Dexter.