'Lost' finale cops 13.5 million viewers; not a record
An average of 13.5 million people watched the series finale of "Lost" Sunday night from 9-11:30 p.m. in hopes of finding out what their six-season investment was all about.
(Apparently either everyone on the island was actually dead all along -- ooh, didn't see that one coming, having never watched "The Sixth Sense," the old "The Twilight Zone" series, etc. Or, they were in a sort of limbo/purgatory and have now died happily ever after -- or they're pitching their next show to Jimmy Kimmel. The debate is getting pretty heated today at our office.)
Meanwhile, an average of 9.3 million people watched Bret Michaels rise from death's doorstep to win "Celebrity Apprentice" - also Sunday night. Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage in April and was hospitalized again last week after suffering what doctors called a "warning stroke."
The "Lost" very last episode is far from a record, though it is the show's biggest audience since February of 2008.
Back in September of 2004 an impressive 18.6 million tuned in to watch the show's very first episode. That first season finale clocked an impressive 20.7 million viewers and the first two episodes of the second season both broke 23 million.
On the other hand, it's a darned sight better than the show had been doing of late. Last season's finale, for example, only attracted 9.4 million viewers. This season, as the end drew near, more viewers had been coming back to the show and it was averaging about 11.5 million people.
You're going to see press reports saying 20.5 million people watched the finale. That is the number of people who watched as little as 6 minutes of the 2.5 hour series swan song. That number is hooey -- unless you're an advertiser, because it is presumed that anyone who watched 6 minutes of any show probably saw an ad break.
Lisa de Moraes
May 24, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
Categories: TV News
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