Some of the Most-Watched Television Finales Ever.
Television has given its audience some of the greatest serials ever produced, right from ‘The Sopranos’ to ‘Mad Men’ to ‘Breaking Bad’. There are some television finale episodes that have set records for most-watched ever. Read on to know about some such most-watched series finales of all times.
The Super Bowl in 2010 created the record of being the most-watched event, with 106 million viewers watching it. Before it, in 1983,Alan Aldadirected the “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” episode of the M*A*S*H series created the record of most-watched finale with 105.9 million people watched it. M*A*S*H was also most-watched television event ever.
Cheers ran for 11 episodes, and when it decided to close the show, the final episode, ‘One for the Road’, was aired in 2 parts. It gained 80.4 million massive views, with the finale featuring the return of Shelley Long’s Diana Chambers.
The Fugitive, 1967
When the two-part finale of The Fugitive was aired across the country, more than 78 million viewers were glued to their televisions to find out what would happen to Richard Kimble. Inspired from this original TV series, Andrew Davis, in 1993, created a film by the same name, The Fugitive, in which Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor.
About Seinfeld’s finale, a critic considered it a big “So long, suckers!” sendoff to the spectators who had made the show about nothing such a big success. Although viewers were sorely disappointed with Seinfeld’s finale, 76.3 million were tuned in to watch it, making it one of the most-watched finale ever.
When viewers tuned in to watch the finale of Friends, they had several questions in mind. Would Chandler and Monica make it work in the suburbs? Where has Phoebe’s Smelly Cat been all this while? And would Ross and Rachel live happily ever after? To find all of this and give a warm sign off to their loved show, 52.5 million viewers watched the finale episode!
Magnum, P.I., 1988
When 50.7 million people sat to watch the final episode of Magnum, they had several questions in their heads. What happened to Lily? Will Rick marry? And is Higgins the real Robin Masters?
The Cosby Show, 1992
44.4 million viewers witnessed Theo graduating from NYU and Denise revealing her pregnancy over the phone. But when Cliff was finally able to fix the doorbell, which he was not able to throughout the series, viewers were really delighted.
Which one is your favourite?