Lively 'Dexter' finale a boost for Showtime


"Dexter" killed for Showtime in its third-season finale Sunday night.

The drama drew 1.5 million total viewers at 9 p.m., making it the premium network's most-watched telecast since 2004, when Nielsen began reporting Showtime ratings separate from Showtime Plex. That's up 7% compared with the Season 2 finale (1.4 million) and a 25% improvement over the first-season closer (1.2 million). An 11 p.m. repeat drew 491,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, the Season 2 finale of "Californication" at 10 p.m. averaged 615,000 viewers, a season high. A 10:30 p.m. repeat of the comedy pulled in 322,000 viewers.

In other cable ratings news, the sixth-season premiere of A&E's "Intervention" averaged 2.2 million total viewers — including 1.6 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults 18-49 — at 9 p.m. Monday. That marks the series' best bow in all key demos. (partialdiff)