Showtime has renewed serial killer series Dexter for a sixth campaign.
The order comes just six days before Dexter, the Emmy nominated series starring Michael C. Hall in the title role, concludes its fifth season, which is on pace to become the show's highest-rated season.
David Nevins, president of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, said the sixth season will go into production next spring in Los Angeles.
Dexter had its second-highest ratings ever with this season's 10th episode on Nov. 28, averaging 2.54 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. That installment was up 43% versus the 1.77 million for the season-five premiere. The Nov. 28 telecast was the second-highest delivery in the series' history, behind the 2.57 million for its season-four finale.
"Dexter is the best suspense drama on television," said Nevins. "To grow its audience so significantly in its fifth season is an enormous accomplishment by this amazing cast and crew. This is the easiest decision I've made since I got to Showtime."
Dexter received seven primetime Emmy award nominations this year, including outstanding television drama series, outstanding lead Aactor in a drama series (Hall) and outstanding guest actor in a drama series for John Lithgow, which he won. Additionally, director Steve Shill won the Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series.
The series has received numerous Golden Globe nominations, as well as the Peabody Award in 2008 and was twice named one of AFI's top 10 television series.