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USA's 'Political Animals' Rebounds in Finale, Nears Premiere Ratings

Still short of expectations for the heavily-promoted miniseries, Sunday's broadcast did grow 18 percent for a haul of 2.3 million viewers.

Political Animals Cast Key Art - H 2012

Political Animals saw a boost in the six-part miniseries' final broadcast.

USA's "limited series event" ended its run with 2.3 million viewers, only shy of its 2.6 million haul in July premiere. The total marked 18 percent growth over last week's episode, which saw 1.98 million viewers.

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Political Animals, considered a contender for a series order before its premiere, debuted to rather soft numbers for USA. Previous miniseries such as The Starter Wife and The 4400 led to additional orders. (The Starter Wife, which saw one season in 2008, opened to 5.39 million as a miniseries.)

Still the finale does mark Political Animals' second-highest deliveries across the board. Among adults 18-49, the episode grew 11 percent to 659,000, and in adults 25-54, the show was up 12 percent to 804,000.

Political Animals saw its lowest ratings at the series' halfway point, pulling 1.73 million viewers on July 30.

Development was first announced in January. The pilot, from Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark, was quickly ordered to the six-part series.