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`Dexter' Slays Audiences In Season Premiere

Showtime's drama series Dexter carved out a series record audience for its season five premiere last night (Sept. 26).

The series, starring Michael C. Hall as a serial-killing Miami police detective, drew 1.77 million viewers for its 9 p.m. premiere episode  - up 16% from the 1.52 million viewers generated for its season four premiere show, according to Showtime officials.

Including 575,000 viewers for a 11 p.m. repeat telecast, Dexter's 2.34 million combined viewers for the night posted a 22% increase from the 1.92 million combined viewers garnered last year.

The network also announced Monday that Dexter fans can access a new killer app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
The App includes a Dexter social trivia game; preview scenes for upcoming episodes; behind the scenes videos; exclusive interviews and early cut webisodes from the series.

The free App also allows users to download full episodes and podcasts as well as soundtracks from previous seasons, said the network.

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