Don’t be frightened by the blood splash. Dexter: New Blood, the follow-up to Michael C. Hall’s critically acclaimed Dexter, has shattered Showtime’s prior ratings records. The series took aim at previous shows on the network, such as Homeland, and went on to garner an average of nearly 8 million weekly viewers across all platforms, making it the most-watched series in the company’s history.
The finale, which aired this past Sunday, was the most watched for any Showtime series since the Season 3 finale of Homeland in 2013, with a total of 3 million viewers on Sunday alone. A total of 2 million viewers tuned in via streaming and on-demand services, according to the network’s official press release.
Gary Levine, the President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks, said this on the show’s ravenous success:
“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response from the millions of fans of Dexter: New Blood these past 10 weeks. Whether they loved the finale or couldn’t bear to see it end, we so appreciate their passion. Our deepest thanks to Michael [C. Hall], [series showrunner] Clyde [Phillips], [and executive producers] Scott [Reynolds] and Marcos [Siega] for delivering a profoundly powerful conclusion to our beloved and extraordinary series.”