‘Homeland,’ ‘Dexter’ stay strong

No progress in negotiations between Showtime, Hall

Freshman series “Homeland” continues to perform for “Showtime” as the terrorist-themed drama drew its biggest audience so far on Sunday.

In two showings, skein garnered a combined 1.6 million viewers and is currently averaging 4.1 million viewers a week when repeat telecasts, on demand replays and DVR usage is factored in.

With 1.3 million viewers for its first telecast Sunday, “Homeland” has seen a ratings bump four weeks in a row.

Michael C. Hall starrer “Dexter,” a 9 p.m. lead-in for “Homeland,” saw its biggest aud since the Oct. 2 season premiere with 1.9 million tuning into the first telecast. Show is averaging a cumulative 5.1 million viewers per week.

The strong totals for “Dexter” are good not only for the pay cabler but for Hall as well. The actor-exec producer has seen his deal expire and is currently renegotiating with the net for a new pact.

According to Showtime, Hall’s WME reps have been given an offer, and the cabler is awaiting a response. The offer was made more than two months ago, but there has been no counteroffer.

The thesp could be seen as having leverage in whether the series will continue; it’s unlikely that “Dexter” would extend beyond this season without him.

Hall is said to be looking for a significant salary bump after working under his original contract for the past six seasons.

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