'Dexter' sets series ratings record

dexter-512-finale-julia-stiles-jonny-lee-miller-320.jpg "Dexter"  not only bested Jordan Chase  ( Jonny Lee Miller), but he's bested himself.

The fifth season, which concluded with "The Big One" Sunday night (Dec. 12), averaged more than 5 million viewers per week, making it the series' highest-rated season to date.

The finale itself nabbed 2.9 million viewers from the 9 p.m. (2.5 million) and 11 p.m. (401,000) airings combined. This is on par with the series' stellar Season 4 finale and a good 40 percent up from the premiere's 1.77 million viewers.

When all is said and done and watched On Demand/Live+7, the Season 5 finale could boast as many as 6 million viewers.

In "The Big One," Dexter ( Michael C. Hall) concludes his search for Lumen ( Julia Stiles) , who's been kidnapped by Jordan, the leader of a group of men who raped, tortured and killed women, known to the Miami Metro as the Barrel Girls.

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