'Sopranos' Body Count: 11.9 Million
The show's much-discussed and heavily dissected finale played to 11.9 million viewers, a big increase from its average this spring and the biggest audience for a "Sopranos" episode since the season five premiere (12.1 million viewers) in March 2004. The series had been drawing between 7 million and 8 million viewers per week over its final episodes.
The 11.9 million viewers also makes "The Sopranos" Sunday's most-watched program by a pretty healthy margin. The
In fact, it was the No. 2 show on all of television, cable or broadcast, last week. Only the season premiere of
The open-ended finale -- and particularly the final scene, which cut to a black screen as Tony (
The final nine episodes of "The Sopranos" averaged 8.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen measurements.