Dexter has returned–and horror fans are glad to see him.
The premiere episode of the revival of the Dexter series–that ended unsatisfactorily in 2013–aired on Showtime last weekend (Nov. 7), and the numbers are now in. And the strong numbers don’t lie.
The first episode of Dexter: New Blood drew 2.2 million viewers on linear and streaming platforms, according to Deadline, putting it on pace to become the most-watched Showtime series ever on over-the-top (OTT) media on its debut day. The show reportedly also was the most-viewed scripted drama season opener on all premium cable channels so far this year.
Breaking down the figures, the debut episode drew 866,000 viewers while on-demand, with streaming viewership accounting for another 1.3 million pairs of eyes. Not too shabby for a vigilante who’s been on the shelf for eight years.
The 10-episode Dexter: New Blood–with Michael C. Hall reprising his starring role–picks up a decade after Dexter went missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The former forensic specialist (who moonlights as a vengeful serial killer) is now living under an assumed name far from his previous Miami home.
The new series–created by showrunner Clyde Phillips–also features Clancy Brown, Johnny Sequoyah, Jack Alcott, Alano Miller, Julia Jones, Jennifer Carpenter, John Lithgow, Jamie Chung, Oscar Wahlberg, Michael Cyril Creighton and David Magidoff.
The original 96-episode run of Dexter was developed by John Manos Jr. from the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter. The show was a huge hit, garnering 24 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and winning a 2007 Peabody Award.
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