Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ Finale Sets Record; Showrunner Departs

Dec 15, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Season four was a breakthrough for Showtime’s “Dexter,” which set a network record in its finale Sunday, Multichannel News reports.

The show was the most-watched original series episode in the cable channel’s history, averaging 2.5 million viewers. That was up 71% from the third-season finale. It was also the best performance for any original series, special or sports event on the network since a 1999 boxing match.

When an 11 p.m. encore is added in, the show averaged 3 million viewers for the evening, the first time an original series on the network has hit that benchmark.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says the show’s executive producer and showrunner Clyde Phillips is leaving the series to be closer to his family, which stayed in Connecticut when he went to work on the show.

"24" co-executive producer Chip Johannessen will succeed him.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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