Sunday proved to be a night of historic highs for a trio of cablers.
The season finale of Dexter was seen by 2.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode of any program in Showtime's history. E! saw a boffo turnout of 4.1 million for the fourth season bow of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But football and broadcast TV still reigned supreme, with NBC's telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants contest pulling in 20.9 million viewers.
Dexter blossomed into a ratings monster for Showtime in its fourth season. A week ago, the penultimate episode of the season drew 2.1 million viewers, which was the highest aud in 10 years for Showtime but last night's finale bested that short-lived record.
For E!, the "Kardashians" essentially tied the high-water mark set in 2002 with an Anna Nicole Smith special, which garnered 8,000 more viewers. "Kardashians" preem, which about doubled last season's first episode, also set an E! record for delivery in the 18-49 demo (2.8 rating) and in women 18-34 (5.6).
At TV Guide Network, "I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story" was No. 1-rated special in the cabler's history. Combining the 8 p.m. premiere and a repeat an hour later, 4.8 million viewers tuned in.
As for the pigskin, Sunday's Eagles-Giants game marked the seventh time this season that more than 20 million have tuned in for "Sunday Night Football."
The most-watched game of the year was Sept. 20 when the Dallas Cowboys opened up their new stadium and lost to the Giants.