Showtime's 'Dexter' Is Totally Killing It on GetGlue

The Top 10 Checked-in TV Shows of the Week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2

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Michael C. Hall plays Dexter Morgan on Showtime's 'Dexter.'
Michael C. Hall plays Dexter Morgan on Showtime's 'Dexter.' Credit: Showtime

In the third edition of our new weekly chart tallying the top 10 TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, only two new series make the cut. (Background on GetGlue here: "7 Things You Need to Know About 'Social TV' Right Now"; last week's chart over here.) Some context:

  • Familiarity breeds... check-ins. GetGlue users seem most excited about publicly declaring their devotion to returning shows like CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," which has been experiencing a ratings surge in its fifth season; it has won its night (Thursday) each of its first two weeks back in prime time with fresh episodes. Meanwhile, "BBT" is in syndication in major markets across the U.S.; rerun check-ins in non-prime-time dayparts represent a smaller proportion of the show's total check-ins, but definitely helped it tighten its grip on the No. 1 spot.
  • Fox's Steven Spielberg-produced family time-travel drama "Terra Nova" is one of only two new shows to make this week's Top 10. (Did I mention "Terra Nova" cost Fox a pretty penny?) The other new presence is Fox's "New Girl."
  • ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," the only reality show in last week's chart, fell out of the top 10 this time around -- and didn't even make it into the top 20.
  • Showtime's "Dexter" totally kills it (sorry) in this week's chart, taking the No. 2 spot with its sixth-season premiere. According to Showtime via TV by the Numbers, "Dexter" scored "the best season premiere for a Showtime original series in 14 years (since 'Stargate' in 1997). With 2.2 million viewers at 9 p.m., 'Dexter' attracted the largest season-premiere audience in series history, and also ranks as the top telecast for the network in 2011."

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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