Jack, Kate, Sawyer and the rest said goodbye to an average of 13.5 million total viewers on Sunday night, as ‘Lost‘s two-and-a-half-hour series-ender delivered the show’s most watched finale since May 2007 and the show’s best numbers in more than two years.
As such, ‘Lost’ dominated the demos and handily won its time slot over the entire 150-minute run.
All told, ABC is estimating that 20.5 million unique viewers tuned in for at least six minutes of the supersized finale, which was titled “The End.”
During its first season, ‘Lost’ averaged 16 million viewers. The series high was set with the Season 2 opener, which delivered more than 23 million viewers.
Elsewhere on Sunday night, the season finale of NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice‘ – featuring an appearance by ailing rocker/finalist Bret Michaels – averaged 9.3 million viewers. That was good for third in the 9 o’clock hour (trailing CBS’ broadcast of a Brooks & Dunn concert) and second place from 10 to 11.
Earlier in the evening, ABC’s two-hour ‘Lost’ recap special – which for one of these things was quite wonderfully compiled – drew 9.85 million viewers to best nearly all comers (save for the back half of ’60 Minutes’).