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Press Release

April 25, 2008

PTC: High Time for CBS to Pull ‘Dexter’

Schedule Change Reveals Audience Demand for Family Programming


LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ renewed its call to CBS to cancel the remaining episodes of “Dexter” that are slated to air this spring.  On Sunday, April 20, a family-friendly Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “Sweet Nothing in My Ear,” aired in place of “Dexter.” As a result, CBS showed a 25% improvement over the average “Dexter” household audience numbers and a 27% improvement over last week’s airing of “Dexter.”  The serial killer show was moved to broadcast television in February after debuting on the premium-tier cable network, Showtime.


“The ratings CBS earned by swapping out ‘Dexter’ with a family-friendly Hallmark film should serve as a long overdue wake up call to the network.  Since announcing its intention to bring the premium-cable program to the public airwaves, the Parents Television Council has asked CBS to reconsider airing ‘Dexter’ and these numbers prove that pulling the show off the air makes good business sense.  The ratings also show that the demand for family-friendly entertainment during the ‘Dexter’ timeslot is wholly underserved,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“After reviewing the Showtime version of the series, there is no doubt that the next few ‘Dexter’ episodes are cause for even more concern.  Not only has CBS failed to rate the show TV-MA for mature audiences, but the network is planning to slap the faces of parents and families – and along with them, broadcast decency concerns – by airing ‘catch up’ episodes of the show as early as 8:00 pm CT on May 4.


“There is no way CBS can edit the bloodiest and most troubling episodes of the entire series into something that is fit for broadcast TV.  We once again implore CBS to reconsider airing the show altogether, and we call on our members and all families to hold the network and the program’s sponsors accountable for this type of content,” Winter concluded.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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