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'Lost' finale draws more than 13 million obsessed viewers

May 24, 2010 |  9:37 am


About 13.5 million people tuned into ABC Sunday night for the two-and-a-half-hour series finale of "Lost," according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. The special Sunday wrap-up show easily beat the competition and pushed ABC into first place in viewers and in the adults 18 to 49 demographic for the night.

The audience for the finale easily topped the 11.4 million viewers "Lost" had been averaging this season, which was the show's lowest average audience in its six-year history. Among adults ages 18 to 49, "Lost" averaged a 5.8 rating, an 11% improvement over the 5.2 it was averaging this season. Each rating point in that demographic equals about 1.3 million people.

Although it was never a massive hit, "Lost" had one of the most loyal (some would say obsessive) audiences around. Since its premiere in September 2004, fans and critics alike have analyzed every plot twist to death. Alas, I have never watched an episode so I can't add my two cents.

The two-hour "Lost" tribute that ABC ran from 7 to 9 p.m. PDT averaged 8.8 million viewers.

For history buffs, the series premiere of "Lost" back in 2004 had an audience of 18.65 million.

-- Joe Flint

Photo: ABC's "Lost." Credit: Mario Perez / Associated Press