Finale roundup: Lost tops two million on CTV
The cult hit ends on a high, while the season finales of Grey's Anatomy, American Idol and Survivor all hit ratings high notes.
The much-hyped series finale of Lost delivered two million viewers for CTV on Sunday, wrapping up on a high note after six years on the air.
It was the cult series’ most-watched finale ever with 30% more viewers than its season average, while it was the highest-rated ep in two years on US ‘caster ABC. The two-and-a-half-hour episode peaked at 2.5 million viewers and bested the season ender of Global’s Celebrity Apprentice with 1.2 million. (All numbers 2+).
But the first round of finales was doubly ruled by CTV’s Grey’s Anatomy and the American Idol finale, which pulled in an average of 2.9 million viewers each. Grey’s ended with a bang, literally, in a buzzed-about episode that saw several main characters, including Patrick Dempsey’s Dr. Derek Shepherd, taken down by a gunman at Seattle Grace Hospital. Idol’s finale – which saw Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze vie for the top spot – beat 2009′s finale, which earned an average of 2.6 million viewers but didn’t top 2008, which earned 3.1 million viewers. CTV continued its hot streak May 25, closing out another season of Dancing with the Stars to an average audience of 2.5 million.
Close behind Grey’s and Idol was Global reality vet Survivor with 2.8 million viewers for the May 16 Heroes vs. Villains finale, in which Sandra Diaz-Twine was crowned the winner.
Reliable reality The Amazing Race on CTV and medical drama House on Global netted 2.5 million viewers each during their recent wrap-ups. For House, the number marks an increase from last spring when it reached 1.9 million viewers, though that was before the Portable People Meters came into play. Still, House was beaten by a new ep of CTV comedy The Big Bang Theory, which nabbed 2.7 million viewers on Monday, May 17.
Meanwhile, homegrown cop drama The Bridge saw its first season come to a close on May 21 with 880,000 viewers, slightly below its season average of one million viewers. CTV will rebroadcast the series this summer in simulcast with CBS.
Coming up, the season finales of the CSIs, NCIS and NCIS: LA and 24, the numbers of which were not available at press time
From Playback Daily, with files from Media in Canada