TV Ratings: 'Lost' finale takes off for ABC Sunday

lost-finale-02-320.jpg Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 23, 2010

The highly anticipated series finale of "Lost" paid off in more ways than one. It gave ABC an easy victory on Sunday in both households and demo for both "The Final Journey" lead-in (9.8 million, 5.5 rating/10 share) and then the "The End," the finale itself (13.5 million, 7.5/13). Over on NBC, the finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice," which Bret Michael was able to attend, finished strong in its second hour.

ABC averaged 11.4 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share for the night, followed by CBS with 9.1 million and a 5.8/10, NBC (7.4 million, 4.6/8) and FOX 4.7 million, 2.7/5.

Among adults 18-49, the "Lost" programming also won ABC first with a strong 4.8 rating. Next came NBC, 2.4, FOX, 2.2 and then CBS, 1.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (9.4 million viewers, 6.1/11 households)
ABC: "Lost: The Final Journey" (9.1 million, 5.2/10)
NBC: "Dateline NBC"  (5.2 million, 3.5/7)
FOX: "'Til Death" (2.2 million, 1.3/3), "The Simpsons" rerun (2.9 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader:
"Lost: The Final Journey" (3.7)

8 p.m.


ABC: "Lost: The Final Journey" (10.5 million, 5.9/10)
CBS: "ACM Presents Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo" (9.7 million, 5.9/10)
NBC: "Minute to Win It"  (5.6 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (5.7 million, 3.2/6), "The Cleveland Show" (4.9 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "Lost: The Final Journey" (4.3)

9 p.m.

ABC: "Lost" finale  (13 million, 7.2/11)
CBS: "ACM Presents Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo" (10.9 million, 6.7/11)
NBC: "The Celebrity Apprentice" finale (8.6 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: "Family Guy" two episodes (6.3 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: "Lost" finale (5.6)

10 p.m.

ABC: "Lost" finale (13.1 million, 7.2/12)
NBC: "The Celebrity Apprentice" finale (10 million, 6.2/10)
CBS: "CSI" (6.8 million, 4.5/7)

18-49 leader: "Lost" finale (5.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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