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Homeland posts best ratings for a new Showtime drama in eight years + Dexter returns to its highest-rated premiere ever

With 1.08 million viewers at 10 p.m., the HOMELAND debut outperformed the recent drama premieres of The Borgias (1.06 million viewers) and SHAMELESS (982,000 viewers).

DEXTER’s sixth season debut marked the series’ highest-rated premiere ever. The series has consistently topped its ratings season after season – with season six up 24% vs. season five. DEXTER season six marks the best season premiere for a SHOWTIME original series in 14 years (since Stargate in 1997).

The complete press statement is included after the jump.

HOMELAND Posts Best Ratings For A New SHOWTIME® Drama Series In Eight Years

Dexter® Returns To Its Highest-Rated Premiere Ever

Homeland Premiere at 10PM

Under the stewardship of SHOWTIME Entertainment President David Nevins, HOMELAND becomes the network’s fifth consecutive hit freshman series – on the heels of record-breaking premieres of The Big C, SHAMELESS, EPISODES and The Borgias.
HOMELAND delivered the network’s highest-rated drama premiere in eight years (since Dead Like Me with 1.11 million in 6/2003)

With 1.08 million viewers at 10 p.m., the HOMELAND debut outperformed the recent drama premieres of The Borgias (1.06 million viewers) and SHAMELESS (982,000 viewers).

The series premiere of HOMELAND was made available online and via affiliate On Demand channels (as of Sept.13), and to date has delivered over 1.4 million viewers

Final online stats will be available in the upcoming weeks.

10:00 p.m. 1.08 million viewers

12:00 a.m. 243,000 viewers

2:00 a.m. 56,000 viewers

Online/On Demand Sampling 1.4 million viewers

Total 2.78 million viewers

DEXTER Premiere at 9PM

DEXTER’s sixth season debut marked the series’ highest-rated premiere ever. The series has consistently topped its ratings season after season – with season six up 24% vs. season five. DEXTER season six marks the best season premiere for a SHOWTIME original series in 14 years (since Stargate in 1997).

With 2.2 million viewers at 9 p.m., DEXTER attracted the largest season premiere audience in series history, and also ranks as the top telecast for the network in 2011.

The season six debut of DEXTER delivered the biggest premiere night for an original series in network history.

9:05 p.m. 2.2 million viewers (+24% vs. last year’s premiere 1.77MM)

11:00 p.m. 467,000 viewers

1:00 a.m. 104,000 viewers

Total 2.76 MM viewers (+18% vs. last year’s premiere night 2.34MM)

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