Series highs for 'Dexter,' 'Californication'

'Dexter' is Showtime's most-watched telecast since '04

Showtime's fourth season of "Dexter" opened to a series-high rating Sunday night, scoring 1.5 million viewers in its first airing.

Not only is this an all-time high for "Dexter" -- up 25% from last season's debut -- it's also the most-watched series telecast for any program on Showtime since at least 2004 (when the network changed its ratings system).

The premiere of "Californication" (821,000) was also a series high, up 57% from last season's premiere.

If you fold in the show's same-night encores, "Dexter" was seen by 1.9 million viewers and "Californication" had 1.2 million.
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