AMC’s Mad Men ended its eight-year run Sunday with a final episode that drew 3.3 million viewers.
The Emmy-Award series drew its third biggest audience ever with its May 17 finale, which also drew 1.4 million adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
The finale ranked among the top 20 most watched shows for the week of May 11 to May 17, according to Nielsen. Overall TNT finished as the most watched network during the period, averaging 2.78 million viewers. ESPN was second with 2.15 million viewers, followed by USA Network with 1.73 million watchers and Disney Channel with 1.63 million viewers.
Fox News (1.54 million viewers), TBS (1.48 million); HGTV (1.31 million), History (1.20 million) and Discovery Channel (1.10 million) rounded out the top 10.
Disney Channel barely beat out TNT for the top spot among cable networks on a 24-hour basis, averaging 1.11 million compared to 1.10 million for the drama network. USA, Nickelodeon, and Adult Swim finished closely behind.
TNT was the top choice among adults 18-49 in primetime, while Adult Swim was the most watched on a 24-hour basis among the demo.
Most Watched Show During The Week Of May 11 to May 17
Date Show Network Total Viewers
5/14 NBA Playoffs-Conference Semis ESPN 6.5 million
5/17 Game Of Thrones HBO 6.2 million
5/12 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 TNT 5.9 million
5/14 NBA Playoffs – Conference Semis ESPN 5.4 million
5/12 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 TNT 5.4 million
5/11 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 TNT 4.9 million
5/15 NBA Playoffs – Conference Semis ESPN 4.9 million
5/13 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 TNT 4.7 million
5/11 WWE Entertainment (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.) USA 3.8 million
5/16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing FS1 3.8 million
R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.
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