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MAY
19
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TV Ratings: Barbara Walters Ends 'View' Near All-Time High

ABC's special send-off to the longtime broadcaster comes in shy of only three other episodes from the show's 17-year history.

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"The View"

The View's goodbye to Barbara Walters was a boon to ratings. Friday's flashy send-off to the TV veteran ranks as the fourth most-watched in the show's history.

An average 5.23 million viewers tuned in to The View on May 16. That marks the best returns in years for a show that has seen some ratings fatigue against increased daytime competition from the similar The Talk.

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2010 was the last time The View brought in anywhere near as many viewers, and that was the all-time high 6.6 million for President Obama's first visit to the show.

Among women 25-54, The View took a 1.6 rating -- its best showing in a year and a half.

Walters' entire final week on The View saw lifts, particularly with her penultimate outing on May 15. The super-sized table of every View panelist, past and present, took in 4.2 million viewers.

The farewell also extended into primetime. Walters' old series, 20/20, aired a two-hour special to the journalist to the tune of 9.3 million viewers.