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"Lost" returns with second smallest debut crowd ever

[this entry has been updated]

First, the good news: For the first time ever, a "Lost" season debut grew compared to the previous season debut.

Now, the bad news: Though "Lost"-natics know this is the show's very last season, Tuesday's opening crowd of 12.086 million viewers (preliminary) is the second-smallest season debut ever. It only snared about 600,000 more viewers than had last year's worst-ever debut audience. Three other scripted dramas attracted more people Tuesday night -- all CBS: "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," and "The Good Wife."

You can see for yourself. Here is the "Lost" debut track:

LOST Wed 9/22/2004 8:00 PM 18,653,000

LOST Wed 9/21/2005 9:00 PM 23,419,000

LOST Wed 10/4/2006 9:00 PM 18,840,000

LOST Thu 1/31/2008 9:00 PM 16,197,000

LOST Wed 1/21/2009 9:00 PM 11,465,000

LOST Tue 2/2/2010 9:00 PM 12,090,000

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 3, 2010; 7:08 PM ET
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Eh. Who cares! It's the last season, and I think there's next to no chance of the show getting killed off before finishing, so at this point it's the last wild ride for the loyal fans.

Posted by: AmberGale | February 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why people are not tuning's not like the producers are introducing new characters and locations as the show is wrapping up. What? There were DOZENS of new characters, many speaking something like Japanese, at the temple? OK, I am done!

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | February 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

But does this number count those of us who were out last night but can't wait to get home tonight to watch on our DVR?

Posted by: rbg99 | February 3, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is a fan of Lost knows to DVR it because one often has to play/replay it to catch all of the hidden and not-so-hidden clues/throw-away lines/people/voices/easter eggs, etc.

I am certain these statistics do not take that fact into account. . . or the people who watch it on Hulu . . . or download it to their IPod/Blackberry/MP3s, etc., etc., etc.

Posted by: pfallsgirl | February 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Why do you say "for the first time ever"? According to the numbers you posted, there was a significant increase from season one to season two.

Having said that, I'm with AmberGale: Who cares? They're not trying to get new viewers at this point. Can you imagine trying to understand last night's episode if you hadn't been watching already?
(Confusing enough even to us devoted viewers!!)

Posted by: tomguy1 | February 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

How were the numbers for the first hour compared with the second hour? I would expect a drop-off given the slow and confusing nature of the first hour.

Posted by: strohminator | February 4, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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