Dexter courtesy Peter Iovino/Showtime Dexter courtesy Peter Iovino/Showtime

Perhaps bolstered by a free Showtime preview weekend, Dexter on Sunday became the cabler's first series to deliver a million-plus with a premiere, drawing 1.09 million total viewers in its Season 2 bow. That's a 67 percent improvement on the series' launch, and 40 percent above its S1 average. Including the 11 pm encore adds another 414,000.

Brotherhood in turn returned to an audience of 371K (versus the 207 thou who showed for its series debut). To offset the audience dropoff between Dex and the Caffreys, Variety says, Showtime plans to cut the seven-minute break between shows this weekend.