Sunday episode is net's most-watched telecast in 10 yrs

A week before its season finale, “Dexter” has already posted ratings highs for Showtime.

Sunday’s episode of “Dexter” averaged more than 2.1 million viewers at 9 p.m., repping the most-viewed single telecast for Showtime in more than 10 years.

That also made Sunday’s seg the most-watched episode of “Dexter,” now in its fourth season, ever. Showtime hadn’t attracted a larger audience for a single telecast since Oct. 1999, when it ran the Tyson vs. Norris fight.

Meanwhile, Showtime’s 10 p.m. episode of “Californication” also posted series highs, averaging 913,000 viewers. That’s up 11% from its season premiere (821,000).

Next week’s “Dexter” finale will feature a final showdown between Michael C. Hall’s lead character and rival serial killer Trinity (John Lithgow).

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