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Monk Series Finale: Most-Watched Original Drama Episode Ever

Monk closed out its eight-season run with 9.4 million viewers tuning into its series finale on Friday night, becoming the most-watched basic cable original drama series telecast of all time in total viewers.  The show also posted a very impressive 3.2 million viewers within the key A18-49 demographic.  Here are some highlights from the press release:

  • The finale delivered series high in P18-49 with 3.2 million beating the prior series high by +10% (This was the first time MONK surpassed the 3 million benchmark in this demo).
  • MONK delivered 3.7 million P25-54 viewers beating the prior series high by +2%.
  • The MONK finale now holds the title of USA’s top original series telecast of all time among total viewers, is #2 among P25-54 and #3 among P18-49.
  • MONK easily topped everything on broadcast for the night in P2+, P18-49 and P25-54 based on fast nationals for broadcast.
  • Among cable entertainment telecasts for 2009TD, the MONK finale on Live+Same is the #1 P25-54 scripted telecast on basic or pay cable, the #1 scripted telecast on ad-supported basic cable in total viewers and the #1 P18-49 scripted telecast on basic cable.

The fall finale of White Collar also hit series highs, delivering 5.55 million total viewers and 2.1 million A18-49.

The full press release follows after the jump. Continue reading Monk Series Finale: Most-Watched Original Drama Episode Ever