Do not mind the blood splatter. Dexter: New blood, the follow-up series to the much-loved Michael C. Hall– contributing Dexter, has just murdered previous records set by Showtime. The series took an ax for series of the network’s past, including those like Fatherland, to score an average of over 8 million weekly viewers across all platforms, making it the most-watched series in the company’s history.
The show last Sunday was the biggest for any series that Showtime has hosted since the season 3 final Fatherland in 2013 and scored a total of 3 million viewers on Sunday alone. A record 2 million viewers also joined from streaming and on-demand platforms, the network said via official press release.
Gary Levine, the president of entertainment at Showtime Networks, said this about the show’s gluttonous success:
“We are thrilled by the overwhelming response from millions of fans Dexter: New blood the last 10 weeks. Whether they loved the finale or could not bear to see it end, we greatly appreciate their passion. Our deepest thanks to Michael [C. Hall], [series showrunner] Clyde [Phillips], [and executive producers] Scott [Reynolds] and Marcos [Siega] to deliver a deeply powerful ending to our beloved and extraordinary series. “
Since the show is such a huge success for the network, one would think that a sequel season is short (whether or not it was originally conceptualized to be independent). We asked Phillips if this would be the final ending Dexter story, and he had this to say about the potential of a follow-up:
“Well, it’s really Showtime’s call. And speaking of calls, if they were to call me and say, ‘Look, this is a huge asset for Showtime.’ I think, and I emphasize the word think, I think. Dexter is their number one asset. If they were to call me and say, “We want to do Harrison. Are you interested?” Much like when they called me to say, “We want to restart Dexter, and you guys are, “I would drop anything to do that. I mean, the show is hugely successful for them this season. And we’ll get some big numbers in January and all the people who DVR play the show, so they can drown it out.We’ll get a whole new set of tracks later this month.And I think that could be crucial to Showtime’s decision.And if they want to do it again, I got one that happens a lot of things and I will drop everything to do that. “
It sounds like he’s eager – and with such large numbers, you’ll think many hands are grabbing recipients. All previous seasons of Dexter are now available to Showtime subscribers.
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