12:55pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Mad Men' Ends Season With Best-Ever Finale Ratings
Mad Men capped its fifth season with a bang.
Sunday's Season 5 finale drew 2.7 million viewers and a 2.0 household rating, the highest-rated finale in series history. Among the key demos, Mad Men collected 1.4 million in the adults 25-54 metric, up 13 percent compared with its fourth season. The fifth season's average of 2.6 million viewers is up 15 percent compared with Season 4.
"Matthew Weiner and his remarkable team have again delivered a season of television beyond compare,” AMC president Charlie Collier said Monday. "We couldn't be more proud of this program and the brilliant writers, cast and crew that bring it to life. As in each season prior, Season 5 is now Mad Men's most-watched season, an uncommon television growth record and a testament to the ongoing quality and uniqueness of this rare property. I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that the record live-same-day Nielsen ratings that gain so much attention are only a small part of the Mad Men success story."
Added Weiner: "We make Mad Men' for the fans. My goal is to tell a compelling story and entertain people, and it thrills me that people keep watching."