‘Dexter’ and ‘Homeland’ Hit Highs With Season Finales

"Dexter" draws 3.43 million total viewers throughout the night with season finale, marking a high for a Showtime original series

The Season 7 finale of "Dexter" and Season 2 finale hit records on Sunday night, with "Dexter" hitting a record for a Showtime original series and "Homeland" reaching a series high.

The 9 p.m. finale of "Dexter" drew 2.75 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated program in the show's history, and drew in 3.43 million total viewers overall for the night — the network's best-ever total-night delivery for a Showtime original series.

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Sunday's "Dexter" finale was up 14 percent from the season's premiere, and 23 percent over last season's finale.

"Homeland," meanwhile, drew 2.3 million total viewers with its initial 10 p.m. airing, a 32 percent increase over the season premiere, and 2.7 million overall for the night, up 31 percent from last week's total and a series high in for total-night delivery. (In first-airing comparisons, Sunday's "Homeland" fell-just short of last week's initial broadcast, which brought in a record 2.36 million total viewers for the series.)

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Both shows had reached series highs with last week's episodes.