CBS on Monday said it has struck a deal to offer all eight seasons of Showtime’s hit drama Dexter in the U.S.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Netflix will offer the first four seasons of Dexter starting on October 31, and follow with release of seasons five through eight on Jan. 1, 2014. A Netflix spokesman said it is an "exclusive, multiyear" deal.
Last month, the series finale Dexter set a ratings record for Showtime, averaging 2.8 million viewers. The series stars Michael C. Hall in the iconic role of vigilante killer Dexter Morgan.
"We're thrilled to have 'Dexter,' one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed its record-breaking run," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, in a statement. "This is one of the great serialized dramas of the past decade and we know our members will enjoy discovering or reliving the twisted world of Dexter Morgan anywhere and anytime they want."
"We're excited to expand our relationship with Netflix's premium service with this groundbreaking Showtime series, added Scott Koondel, chief corporate content licensing officer, CBS. "SHOWTIME has created one of the signature programming brands on television, and this agreement for 'Dexter' further demonstrates the value of this content in the marketplace while expanding the show's passionate fan base to a whole new online audience."