November 18, 2011

Showtime has renewed its hit series Dexter for two additional seasons, it was announced today. Currently in its sixth season, the serial killer drama has so far been averaging just over 5 million weekly viewers across all platforms, which makes it the show's highest-rated season yet.

"Dexter's enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall," said Showtime's President of Entertainment, David Nevins.  "The series is bigger than it's ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape.  Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I’m excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out."

The network has ordered 12 episodes for each of Dexter's seventh and eighth seasons.

(Source: TV by the Numbers)