8:18am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Mad Men' Finale Earns Series-High Ratings
Mad Men went out on a high note.
The critically beloved AMC drama, never a juggernaut in the ratings, set personal bests in its key measure on Sunday night. The hour-and-change premiere telecast averaged 3.3 million viewers. Of that haul, 1.7 million were in the show's targeted adults 25-54 demo, a best, and 1.4 million were adults 18-49. All three stats were highs for a finale.
AMC, which doesn't report ratings until live-plus-three returns, will likely have some bragging to do later in the week when Nielsen releases its first time-shifting stats for the episode.
The only previous episodes to see same-day scores in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo were the season five (3.5 million) and six (3.4 million) finales, in 2012 and 2013, which ran as two-hour specials.
That 3.3 million viewers may not seem like a lot, especially in the shadow of Breaking Bad's record-busting final run in 2013, but it's a a huge jump for the show. The penultimate episode of the series posted 3.1 million viewers with three days' worth of DVR.